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July 6, 2012

Official: Stillwater's water pressure woes haven't hit yet

STILLWATER, Okla. — While the 100-plus-degree heat of 2011 has returned this summer, Water Utilities Director Anthony Daniel said his department has not seen a repeat of the water pressure issues that affected southwest Stillwater customers in the past.

On an average day, customers of the Stillwater Water Utilities use roughly 6 million gallons. With higher temperatures of the summer, that demand can double.

Daniel said on Friday the water treatment plant cycled 9 million gallons, which was down from the 11 million gallons used Thursday. The plant can treat up to approximately 18 million gallons daily.

Supply has never been the issue for Stillwater, however.

In the past two summers, the water distribution system — the pipes, pumps and towers responsible for taking that water to residents — has proved inadequate for the growing demand in southwest Stillwater and in parts of the nearby former Rural Water Corp 3 area, to which Stillwater sells water.

In 2010, the city installed temporary diesel pumps meant to boost dropping water pressure for several subdivisions in southwest Stillwater. Those pumps have since been replaced with quieter electric pumps. In 2011, city crews replaced and improved pump stations to help support water pressure in the former Rural Water Corp 3 area in the area surrounding two water towers near 44th Street and Country Club Road.

Daniel said that so far, those booster pumps and pump stations are meeting demand as the mercury climbs this summer.

“Everything is working,” he said.

 

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