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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Water line replacement planned

  • After a water line replacement at the Water Treatment Plant, the utilities department is planning to replace the remaining portion of the calcified line.
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  • After a water line replacement at the Water Treatment Plant, the utilities department is planning to replace the remaining portion of the calcified line.
     
    The department recently replaced 127 feet of the 30-inch water line due to a large amount of calcification. That portion of the water line had 20 inches of calcification.
     
    Initially, the plan was to clean the line, but the company incorrectly estimated how much of the line was calcified, City Manager Brian McDougal said.
     
    Because of that, Interim Utility Director Steve Nelms would like to replace the remaining 110 feet of the line, McDougal said.
     
    “This will make sure that we get it all,” McDougal said. “Once it’s done we’ll have a clean slate.”
     
    Additionally, lake levels are low to the point of beginning voluntary rationing, which begins at 1064 feet. The lakes are currently at 1064.5 feet.
     
    “We’re going to follow the drought management plan,” McDougal said.
     
    Voluntary rationing is not a requirement, but instead gives recommendations to residents regarding how to conserve water.
     
    “I think we still have plenty of water,” McDougal said, adding that this is an issue facing most cities in Oklahoma right now.

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