Helping our neighboring friends in Olustee and Creta with water is a part of the new 12-inch water main being installed along U.S. Highway 283 south of Altus.
The purpose of this water project is to make the existing 18-inch pipe along Hwy 283 available to carry water from the well fields of Altus. The 18-inch pipe was installed in 1964 but was taken out of service in 1975. Years later, the Town of Olustee requested to purchase water from Altus and the 18-inch pipe was used to send water to Olustee. Creta also gets water from this pipe. The 12-inch water main project that will be used to convey water to Olustee and Creta. About 10 miles of pipe are being installed along the eastern edge of Hwy 283 south of town. Upon completion, this will free up the 18-inch water main to carry well water to Altus once again.
This project is just a few weeks away from completion. It is a part of the City plan to not only provide safe drinking water, but to also serve and be prepared for our next drought. Millions of dollars have been invested, but there is no higher importance than safe drinking water.
Phase II for the City of Altus water treatment plant improvements also began this week. The plant was built in 1975 as a mixed media gravity filtration plant with primary clarifiers and chlorine disinfection that is permitted to produce up to 14 million gallons per day.
Along with rehabilitating and repairing the reverse osmosis (RO) treatment facility to restore operation, the project includes installing piping and valves to prepare the plant to receive well water from the Round Timber and Holloway Wells Fields to be blended with treated water from the plant prior to disinfection and distribution. The project will also improve existing elements of the conventional treatment plant such as rebuilding pf clarifiers and replacement of filter valves and controls.
City staff acting as general contractors began the well field rehabilitation and development project in October 2014. The purpose of the project is to rehabilitate seven existing wells and return them to operation, pumping groundwater to the Altus water treatment plant. In 1964, the City of Altus developed well fields in North Wilbarger County, Texas and operated 16 wells. In 1975, after the completion of the Tom Steed Reservoir, the wells were no longer used. The recent drought motivated the City to develop and invest for a secondary source of drinking water. Five wells from the Round Timber Ranch, and two wells on the Holloway property, were identified for rehabilitation. Wells were cleaned, disinfected and purged. New pumps have been installed. Well houses will now be set with telemetric controls so that wells can be operated remotely from Altus.
The financial investment cost for this is $1,317, 148. The first wells should be ready for pumping by Jan. 31, with final pumping in the Spring.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext.2077