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January 24, 2013

Utilities Authority approves plans to relieve water pressure problems

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater Utilities Authority approved a contract Thursday furthering the effort to relieve Stillwater’s water pressure problems in the southwest section of the city.

The trustees approved a $110,330 agreement with C.H. Guernsey for engineering services which include survey, design, bid and construction phase services for a water main connection project.

When the project is complete, an 18-inch water main would connect the water tower at 56th Street and Western Road to the city water main near Western Road and 44th Street.

The 56th Street tower, built cooperatively by the city and Rural Water District  No. 3, is empty. On March 5 of last year, the trustees authorized Garver LLC to complete a design for replacing the temporary Rural Water District No. 3 booster pump station on South Perkins Road to supply water to the tower.

Eric Fladie, water utilities construction program manager, said the design for the water main connecting the towers is scheduled to be complete and ready for bid in July.

According to a report to the utilities authority by Fladie, construction on the Perkins Road booster pump station is scheduled to start in June.

Trustee John Bartley said the southwest water issue is a complex problem with a complex solution, but he wanted to stress the urgency of the project.

“They need to get this done with as few delays and as quickly as possible,” Bartley said.

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