ENID, Oklahoma. – Another box for the Lake Kaw water pipeline project has been sealed off now that construction has officially started on the lake water intake installation in Osage County, project officials said Thursday.
Work began about four weeks ago to level the access road to the planned water intake site, said David Burkhart, along with Garney Construction, the construction manager for the at-risk project.
Work is being prepared on the vertical intake well, which will then be micro-tunneled into the lake to access it, Burkhart told city commissioners during Thursday’s study session.
“Recent time has not been available to jump into this head first, but as soon as things dry out a bit you will start to see a lot more activity at the water treatment plant site,” did he declare.
Almost all of the land needed has also been acquired for the 70-mile pipeline, officials from the project’s design engineering firm said Thursday.
Garver’s project manager Eric Fladie called the acquisition a “phenomenal success story”.
Fladie said Garver’s design on the project is complete.
The project begins at the reservoir’s water intake station. About 10 million gallons of water per day will then travel through 70 miles of eight segments of pipeline crossing three counties in Garfield County, alongside an OG&E overhead power line. The water will then pass through an intermediate pumping station near Garber, then through a water treatment plant in western Enid and a water pipe along Chestnut.
Of the total 230 plots needed for the pipeline portion of the project, 223 have been accepted, according to Garver. Seven plots are still under negotiation “in bridge” – one with the town of Enid and six through the US Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Fladie said these plot negotiations will not impact building Garney to go as planned.
More than half of the 25 plots have been accepted for the main water line at the town’s wastewater treatment plant, which will be built along Chestnut, Fladie said.
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has approved the permits for the Chestnut Water Intake Station, Eight Pipeline Segments, and Water Main.
The permits for Enid’s intermediate pumping station and water treatment plant are still pending review and acceptance, Fladie said.
“No problem, it’s just a matter of process,” he said.
The ODEQ also has approved permits for wetlands, federal land use and 10 of the 11 state Department of Transportation crossings. Three of the four crossing permits are pending approval. Garver did not submit the fourth and is also preparing 64 county road crossings across the four counties.
Thursday was day three of Garney’s open tendering for materials for the three-segment transmission pipeline, the eastern water treatment plant and electricity. Thirty bids were received for seven lots, Burkhart said.
The majority of the project has been acquired, Burkhart said, after two days of open tenders in the past six months.
Despite the recent surge in prices for materials like steel – the costs of which have risen 300% since December – he said Thursday’s offers still gave engineering staff a “good sense of comfort.” on most materials.
Under Garney’s CMAR deal, the city is still expected to cover new costs related to regulatory compliance and county road crossings, according to city engineer staff.
The city’s engineering director, Chris Gdanski, said he was expecting the latter with the US Army Corps. engineers at around $ 250,000, although costs are yet to be determined for fencing and tree removal.
However, the city has also already approved a $ 200 million contingency for the advancement of the design, as well as a multi-million dollar CMAR contingency.