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Duncan pump station will expand water options

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DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -The City of Duncan will soon have another water source they can draw from.

Right now, Waurika Lake is the city's primary source of water, but the city uses two other area lakes as their backup. At the height of 2015’s drought, the city was forced to use one of those lakes. That's when they decided to explore the possibility of reopening the water pump station at Clear Creek Lake, and add it to their list of alternate sources.

Public Works Director Ron Kroop says after nearly 50 years of being closed, there's a lot of work to get the station back up and running. He says the foundation will stay in place, but everything else must go.

"New pumps, new valves, new controls to be able to pump water from the dam and take it all the way to our water treatment plant," Kroop explained.

Kroop says for the past year, the city has been working with an outside engineering firm to design what the new water pump station will look like.

"It will give us, again, added capability to meet what we hope will be a growing water demand," he said.

Kroop says the project will be funded partially by a grant from the Bureau of Reclamation and from a fee found on resident’s utility bills. He says this project is needed in preparation for the next natural disaster, something he doesn't take lightly.

"People rely on us and that's common in all municipalities. When they turn the faucet on, they want water to come out. So to have this additional capability form my perspective, it’s a good thing and the right thing to do," he said.

Kroop says the City Council is in the process of choosing another firm to build the water pump station. The deadline for that decision is March 16. He says once that's done, they should get started on the project sometime this summer. 

It will take between six and nine months to complete.

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