The Salina Public Works Authority meeting Jan. 8 began with a progress report on the new water line.
Steve Tolar with the engineering firm of Holloway, Updike and Bellen said the new line from the Oklahoma Ordinance Works Authority at MidAmerica Industrial Park to Salina, “has only advanced 1,100 feet since the last meeting.”
Tolar cited problems with rock in the path of the new line. So far, a mile has been laid. The water line has been under construction since late October.
In December 2011, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality told Salina it could no longer use water made at the town’s treatment plant unless it was updated at a large cost.
The reason for the ODEQ order was the amount of trihalomethanes in the town water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “drinking two liters of water containing 100 ppb (parts per billion) of trihalomethanes every day for 70 years could result in three extra cases of cancer for every 10,000 people.” Salina has a population of 1,396 according to the 2010 census.
The PWA approved contractor’s pay estimate of $22,971 for the new water line and an engineering invoice of $12,202.00 to be submitted to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for approval.
A replacement pump and motor was approved for the Blue Goose pump station in the amount of $1,750.
The PWA approved authorizing online banking accounts with Lakeside Bank of Salina.
Under old business, a Chevrolet half-ton pickup truck is at Eubank’s garage awaiting repair. Once the transmission is repaired, the PWA will trade the truck in for a newer vehicle.