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April 23, 2014

Council votes for cheaper, quicker water fix

DUNCAN — The Duncan City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to go with a $650,000 fix to its water infrastructure needs.

The council approved a $43,000 contract with Crafton, Tull, Sparks and Associates to build a 1,000-foot long pipeline that will be capable of putting about 3 million gallons of water per day into Lake Humphreys.

The new pipeline, 20-inches wide, will bypass the city’s pump station at Lake Humphreys and be connected to the existing pipeline from Waurika Lake.

It will not require the addition of costly pumps because it will operate under a gravity flow system, City Manager Jim Frieda said.

It is expected to take “well under a year” to complete the project, he said.

Once completed, Frieda said it will take about 18 months to fill Lake Humphreys to capacity, assuming the Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District does not restrict water withdrawl from Waurika Lake.

Even if the Waurika Lake administrators place restrictions on water withdrawal in the future, Duncan still will be allowed to withdraw a half-million gallons of water per day from the reservoir.

The cities of Lawton and Walters already draw water from Waurika Lake to replenish their reservoirs in the way that Duncan hopes it will be able to do.

The Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation has pledged $650,000 to fund the project.

Mayor Gene Brown said the council favored the $650,000 bypass project because it is the quickest and cheapest solution to the city’s water infrastructure needs.

Duncan Public Works Director Scott Vaughn last month said he favored the installation of a larger pipeline to Lake Fuqua because it holds the largest volume of water and has the best water clarity of any lake the city uses.

Vaughn said that was the best long-term solution to Duncan’s future water needs, but it was also the most expensive with a price tag of about $13 million.

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