By John Filonow
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Stillwater Utilities Authority will hold a special meeting on the future of the city’s water supply following Monday’s city council meeting.
The meeting will be in the council hearing room of the Stillwater Municipal Building after the city council meeting at 5:30 p.m.
The agenda states Jason Consultants Group will report on Phase One of the Kaw water line. Phase One includes a smart ball that assesses the condition of the pipeline.
The Kaw Pipeline, the City of Stillwater’s source for water, was built in 1981 and supplies untreated water from the Kaw Reservoir near Ponca City.
The water is then treated by the city and supplies about 7 million gallons of potable water a day to city residents.
The company that constructed the pipeline estimated it had a useful lifespan of 35 years, which would have it reaching the end of its lifespan by 2016.
Water Utilities Director Anthony Daniel said the smart ball is a 7-inch foam ball, with a metal ball containing acoustic sensors inside.
The ball floats along the pipeline and emits pings that can determine the location of leaks or air pockets.
The council approved an almost $1.5 million contract with Jason Consultants Group in December 2011 to conduct the study.
Additional expenses for excavation and modifications to the pipeline to insert and remove the smart ball brought the cost closer to $2 million.
In July, City Manager Dan Galloway said the cost of the study was “...less than 3 percent the cost of rebuilding the line. If you find that 3 percent of the line is salvageable, you are breaking even. If you find more than that, you’re saving the taxpayers money.”
City councilor Cody Scott said the study will determine if parts of the pipeline can be repaired or replaced.
“I’m willing to bet the Kaw pipeline is something we can work with, at least I certainly hope so,” Scott said.