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PRWID Evaluates Developments, Demands Placed on District System

Sun Advocate reporter

During the last Price River Water Improvement District meeting, John Houston Development proposed to create a subdivision above the existing water tank on Airport Road.

The existing distribution system supplies approximately 18 homes, the county maintenance shop and the local airport .

The current system on the old Wellington road has an existing 12 inch line which supplies a 6 inch line to the airport pump station. The line supplies homes, a landfill and commercial development, including Gold Terra and Anadarko.

The goal of PRWID is to identify what the existing as well as the future water demands will be within the county.

When the airport pump station is in operational mode, the six homes located south of road at approximately 2500 East, experience decreased water pressure, according to PRWID. The six-inch line south of the airport supplies the six homes.

The six-inch line north of the pump station supplies the airport and commercial developments.

There is also an eight-inch line west of the pump station along Airport Road that supplies the county landfill along with some commercial and residential connections.

There are concerns that the existing system will not meet the needs of current PRWID customers, along with the additional concerns caused by demands on the system under fire flow conditions.

Under fire flow conditions, the system could be drained in two hours, indicated the water improvement district.

Previously, PRWID committed by agreement with Verdis Barker to add 100 future connections on the same six-inch water line that would be utilized in the area north of Wellington road to the area south of the airport road.

The Barker and Houston development projects will increase future water flow demands on the existing system, pointed out PRWID.

The six-inch pipe cannot supply demands downstream for future developments.

PRWID director Phil Palmer has additional concerns regarding the water improvement district's supply and pressure.

"The state regulations change six-inch pipe to an eight-inch. It is critical that the tank be full everyday," explained Palmer. "If the Houston Development installs a pump system to pump from the existing tank to a new tank can it work? Yes. The John Houston Development request now needs to do a hydraulic analysis and submit their request to the board of health and the division of drinking water for final approval. These six homes do not have adequate pressure. The Houston Development will male it worse."

"I think the developer must pay all costs associated with this development. If they don't put in this kind of system, the only alternative would be to install a cistern which would require hauling water to these new homes and lots. This will possibly decrease their values. I want to see that problem solved," concluded the PRWID director.

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