Broken Arrow Using New $60 Million Water Treatment Plant

Wednesday, May 28th 2014, 1:03 pm
By: News On 6

For the first time, the City of Broken Arrow is treating its own water, and to get the job done they're using a state-of-the-art membrane filtration system.

Their $60 million dollar water plant now provides millions of gallons of clean water to Broken Arrow residents every day.

In the past, the city bought treated water from a Pryor facility which uses a conventional sand filtration system. But now, they are getting their water from the new facility that uses a membrane filtration system.

The system better filters the water because it uses little fibers with microscopic holes that remove impurities that the sand system can't. In order to build the facility, the city received a loan from the state.

"There are no open tanks and no sand filters," said Anthony Daniel, Broken Arrow water facilities manager.

"It's all membranes and high tech. It's just a beautiful facility to operate, and believe me, it's the way of the future."

It's a new type of technology that more and more cities are using across the country.

Broken Arrow residents started getting filtered water from this plant on April 10, 2014. Right now they aren't seeing an increase in their water bills, but that could change in the future after the city has a rate study done in June.

The water treatment plant is located in Wagoner County near 71st STreet and 361st East Avenue.