“This tower will put us back at an even playing field.”
Another problem came during the summer months, when residents' bills would skyrocket due to a lack of rain.
Buddy Thompson, a manager in Water District No. 1, said he isn't sure the new tower will help with the rising bills during the summer months.
“I'm not going to say it will decrease any rates,” Thompson said. “It all depends on what the summer holds with the drought. Our board will review rates for summer in April and make a decision depending on what the weather looks like.”
The 97-foot tower located on Charter Oak Road just west of Douglas Boulevard is expected to be completed in April and will cost $1.25 million, to be funded by a loan provided by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund administered by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the state Department of Environmental Quality.