Broken Arrow working to prevent water emergencies

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 7/11/2013 6:48 pm Published: 7/11/2013 4:15 pm

Broken Arrow officials are working to prevent another water emergency from happening in the future by using high-end PVC pipes for all new pipes, or when they replace old ones.

They are made to last more than 100 years. But the city could have an even bigger plan than that.

Rahul Singh lives and works in Broken Arrow and is concerned about the constant water disruptions.

"I'm not really sure if there's a contingency plan for a backup system or something, if this keeps happening over and over. And if, yeah, I really think they should look into that," said Singh.

Mayor Craig Thurmond said the city already has been for years.

That is why a new state-of-the-art water treatment plant is already being built.

"First one (of its kind) in the Midwest of the United States," said Thurmond.

The plant increases the city's water supply, something growth studies show Broken Arrow will need.

"That's going to take us to the year 2050. We'll have take care of our water needs," said Thurmond.

The city is also almost finished installing a backup line from Tulsa to make sure storage tanks always have water flowing into them, even if there's a water line break.

"As more and more of our system becomes this type of pipe, we're going to have less and less issues. We are doing a long term study right now on what we can do as far as our preventive maintenance and try to stay ahead of that. But when these things occur, there's really -- you just have to be able to have a quick response," said Thurmond.

The new treatment plant will be finished in July 2014 and the backup line from Tulsa will be online by the end of next month.

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Unwashed Mass - 7/12/2013 11:19 AM
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But it's a new pipe that broke, right?
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