The City’s new 30-inch raw water transmission line project is nearing completion. The lines being replaced were originally installed in the 1930’s and had not been in use.




The City’s new 30-inch raw water transmission line project is nearing completion. The lines being replaced were originally installed in the 1930’s and had not been in use. The water line currently in use by the City was built in the 1960’s.
“The new line will replace three cement lines that have been out of service for years,” Randy Brock, manager of utilities operation said. “The line will give the City a redundancy in the system as a backup to the existing line.”
Brock said the line would transport untreated water from the Shawnee Twin Lakes to the water treatment plant for treatment before being delivered to homes and businesses in Shawnee.
“All air vaults and blow-off valves have been installed. The North Canadian River and SH 102 bores have been completed, and the line is tied into the Water Treatment Plant and to the Lake No. 1 dam,” Jim Bierd, utility director, said. “After the Wes Watkins tie-in we will still have to do pressure tests and some cleanup, but the project is near completion.”
John Kyrwicki, city engineer, said the project was 95 percent complete and the latest pay request from contractors totaled $6.2 million on the original $6.8 million contract. Water rates increased on Nov. 1, 2009, to pay the initial loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for the project.
“The only thing left is the cross-connection to the Wes Watkins Reservoir,” Krywicki said. “With final cleanup, all contractors should be out of Shawnee by the second week of March.”
Bierd said the project was in day 130 of a 270 day contract.
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Robby Short may be contacted by calling 214-3934.