BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Broken Arrow city officials are calling for their utility customers to reduce their water usage for the next two days, though not due to the current drought conditions.
According to spokesperson Stephanie Higgins, the voluntary request for conservation is a precautionary measure to allow crews to continue into the next phase of construction on the new water treatment plant set for completion in July 2014.
Officials anticipate the city's ability to pump water to storage tanks will be limited beginning Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning when the contractor will make a “critical connection” to the existing waterline system at the plant, according to Director of Engineering Kenny Schwab
“Although we do not anticipate significant issues with our water supply, we are requesting that our residents voluntarily restrict their water usage and conserve water until Wednesday evening just as a precaution,” he said.
The $57 million treatment facility will replace the existing the city's current plant constructed more than four decades ago and only able to deliver 8 to 10 million-gallons of water a day.
The new facility will be able to process up to 20 million-gallons a day during the winter and up to 28 million-gallons in the summer.
Customers will be notified when normal usage may continue.
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