STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County is taking precautions for worse case scenarios.
At Monday's Payne County Commission meeting, commissioners authorized a study for back-up water plan for the county jail. Board Chairman Chris Reding said a back-up water plan may be necessary in the future.
"I was talking to the sheriff and the jail administrator about the earthquakes and the general water system condition for Stillwater was brought to my attention," Reding said. "Electricity is one concern but handled with a generator, what does concern them is the water."
Reding said the water supply does get disrupted, and when water disruption occurs it causes problems.
Reding said the jail has never experienced a long period without water, but if it did the results would not be good.
As for the study, Reding contacted several engineering firms and one firm agreed to perform a water system study.
Reding said the costs of the study would be approximately $2,000, and it would take the engineering firm with experience in this particular area 10 hours to complete the study.
District 3 County Commissioner Jim Arthur said the county might consider a water well. Arthur said he didn't know the rules of having water wells within city limits, but he thought it would be more convenient than a water tank.
Reding said the idea would be to have a tank with a constant water flow, and once pressure was lost in the jail the county would pressurize the tank and pump the water within the tank for use.
Reding said two engineers performing the study would not only give the project details, but the cost to build and the cost to maintain the system. Reding said the county could make a decision on whether the project would be worthwhile after it saw the numbers.