The City of Altus Reservoir Project Committee met Wednesday at city hall to discuss reservoir projects.
The first phase of work for the 2017 fiscal year has the City applying for a WaterSMART Program Grant to help fund construction. The project will involve tapping into the existing 36-inch aqua duct from Tom Steed and installing a half mile of pipe to directly flow into the northeast corner of the east basin. The pump station on the south side of the reservoir would be rehabilitated and brought back into operation. This would provide a 45-day supply of high quality water that can reduce the water system’s vulnerability to drought or power disruptions. The cost of the east basin improvements is expected to be as much as $400,000.
The second phase of restoring the reservoir as a drinking water supply might include the dredging of the west basin and dam modifications to increase storage capacity. This could cost several million dollars but could provide as much as a six month supply of clean water.
The project team discussed the review of Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) received from consulting teams interested in the Technical Feasibility Study and preliminary design.
Six teams submitted SOQs to highlight their experience on similar projects and to introduce the professionals that are available to work on the project. It was determined that not all of the review teams have been able to complete their review of the SOQs.
The reservoir committee then decided to meet again in a couple of weeks. The next step could be to eliminate one or more of the teams and decide on what the next step will be. The City can either solicit formal proposals or conduct interviews.
The project team hopes the feasibility study will be funded by a grant awarded possibly this summer. If the grant is not awarded, the project may be delayed.
It was noted that the University of Oklahoma will have students participating in the feasibility study and park design. The OU College of Agriculture has expressed an interest in having architecture students take a stab at designing amenities. Similarly, the OU College of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science plans to use the Altus City Reservoir for its Capstone Program. Both of these programs will kick off work on the reservoir in the Fall of 2016 with final reports due in May 2017.
The project committee is excited to have OU students involved in the project. While their work will not replace the study done by professional firms, they are anxious to see the fresh ideas and unique perspectives that the students may bring to the table.
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