The next five years of capital spending in Oklahoma City will involve nearly a half-billion dollars on water supply issues alone, city officials told the Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday.
Three city departments presented their budgets within the city's nearly $2.5 billion Capital Improvement Plan during Tuesday's council meeting. The five-year plan is a document that has to be updated every two years for the city to remain in compliance with state law.
The utilities, parks and recreation and information technology departments were the first to present their plans, with other city departments to follow in coming weeks. The council can make modifications to the plan before it adopts it in the fall.
The Utilities Department has plans to spend about $653 million on capital projects over the next five years, department Director Marsha Slaughter told the council. About $488 million of that is on the water supply as the department seeks to upgrade its raw water transport capabilities, the capacity of its drinking water production and the ability to move water through the city.
“The time has come to add capacity to our system,” Slaughter said.
The city will need to move more water from lakes in southeastern Oklahoma in the coming years to meet growing demand, Slaughter said. More pumping stations and water mains also will be built within the city to maintain water supply and pressure even on the outskirts of town, and projects to upgrade water treatment plants also are ongoing.
The city Parks and Recreation Department plans to spend about $47 million on facility improvements, $32 million on parks and about $8 million on trails and paths, department Director Wendel Whisenhunt said.