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Posted on: December 21, 2023

City of Stillwater to Address Critical Water Pump Stations

City of Stillwater to Address Critical Water Pump Stations

Pictured, left to right: Shelly Crynes, David Barth, Tim Davis (OWRB), Deputy City Manager Brady Moore, City Manager Kimberly Meek, James Driskel, Christy Cluck, Dawn Dodson, Chris Humes

(Stillwater, OK) – City of Stillwater acquired funding through an Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) low-interest loan and grant for a total principal amount of $39 million, to address imperative improvements with the recovered water pump station and finished water pump station projects.

The OWRB funding, along with an ARPA grant, will cover construction, new parts, inspection services and testing, and contingency costs. Total expenditures for these projects are anticipated to be more than $28 million. There is a two year construction window for these projects with expected completion in 2026.

“Our existing pump stations will not meet projected future demand,” said City Manager Kimberly Meek. “The new finished water pump station will have an increased capacity of 24 million gallons per day and help address the Yost pressure zone that has needed a solution for many years.”

Stillwater Regional Water serves more than 79,000 Oklahomans within five counties with full-time or backup raw and/or potable water. All water quality regulations continue to be met with outdated and inefficient water pump stations and equipment.

Mayor Joyce shared at the Stillwater Utilities Authority meeting Monday, December 18, that these funds will help address some of the concerns with the water system, including new pumps for the rural Yost pressure zone.

City staff recommended the construction bid be awarded to Crossland Heavy Contractors, Inc. Trustee/Councilor Kevin Clark moved to approve staff’s recommendation with Trustee/Councilor Christie Hawkins seconding it.

According to City of Stillwater Project Manager Chris Humes, the OWRB loan that was approved is scheduled to close later this month and until that process is complete, a portion of the project will be funded by the Water Fund.

“Families rely on us to provide safe, potable water for them to utilize as needed. Our staff are fully committed to seek every possible funding source that will help us address this critical infrastructure,” said Meek.

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To view the Stillwater Utilities Authority meeting, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u-lzP1PFYI

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