City Of Tulsa Wastewater, Water System To Undergo 'Comprehensive Review'

Wednesday, January 26th 2011, 5:16 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority said Wednesday it will accept proposals for a review of the city's water and wastewater systems.

The assessment, which comes as a result of the KPMG audit of the city's government, will encompass several areas including governance, management, operations, financial matters, legal issues and public policy issues.

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett called the review the "most comprehensive" in recent history.

"When we presented the findings of the KPMG report last year to the TMUA, we knew we needed to take a very deep and very serious look at all aspects of our utility system so as to develop a long-term strategic plan to protect this vital asset," Bartlett said.

"As a city, we can no longer delay or defer the important decisions that must be made to protect and maintain the most basic of core services which the city provides."

The proposals are due by March 18, 2011, and will be evaluated in April. TMUA said the contract will be awarded in May.

The City of Tulsa supplies more than 132,000 residential, commercial and industrial accounts in the city, and more than 500,000 people in the metropolitan area.