Mustang took a big step in preparing for future growth on the west side of the city.
The City Council approved to move forward in designing final plans to upgrade sewer lift stations along with upgrading a water booster station.
"We set aside $275,000 to make upgrades to our lift stations and we also had $250,000 set aside to upgrade our booster station," said Mustang Mayor Jay Adams. "We have done this because there has been a lot of interest in building and development on the city’s west side, especially the northwest corner of State Highway 152 and Clear Springs Road."
However, the city was faced with a problem in accommodating more growth on the west side, Adams said.
"The problem we were having with that was our water pump stations were already maxed out," he said. "There was no way that we were going to be able to serve a large number of new homes in that area without doing some upgrades or building a new lift station."
There are currently two water lift stations on the city’s west side, one being the Lakehoma lift station and the other the Spitler Lake Estates lift station.
"We are having issues with our Lakehoma station," Adams said. "It is undersized and needs to be rebuilt."
The city’s engineering firm, EST Engineering, performed a study on the city’s needs and provided the City Council two options at their meeting last week.
One of the options (Alternative A) gave the city the option of upgrading its current lift stations without building a new station while building a new gravity sewer main to provide relief capacity and reserve capacity for the new development on the north slope. The ‘Alternative A’ option had an estimated construction cost of $2,575,000.
EST also provided the City Council with ‘Alternative B,’ which would require a new lift station needed to serve 80 acres north of Lakehoma while adding an additional force main to serve the Lakehoma main lift station. EST gave an estimated cost of $2.8 million for ‘Alternative B.’
EST recommended the City Council to approve ‘Alternative A’ which they went on to approve with a 4-0 vote. Council Members Linda Bowers, Linda Hagan and Don Mount were not present at the meeting.
"I felt like this was the best option because, first of all, it costs less which is always a good thing," Adams said. "Secondly, this will upgrade our Spitler Lakes and Lakehoma stations and bring them up to capacity."
Adams said the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has already approved the plans for the Lakehoma lift station improvements and work on the station could start in the coming months.
"We still need to draw up the engineering plans for the Spitler Lakes station and submit them to DEQ and that should be completed between six and nine months," he said.
The City Council also voted to have EST Engineering move forward in designing final plans for upgrades to the 74th Street water booster station.
"This station pumps water from well fields and pumps it into water tanks," Adams said. "It is the main suction piece from the well fields into the city."
Adams said the station is also in need of upgrades.
"The existing generator there is inoperative and we need to put a new one in there," Adams said. "The existing speed control is also inoperative, which means the control valve is either all the way on or all the way off, we have no other control so there is wasted energy consumption."
Adams said he was very happy with the City moving forward with the water improvements.
"This is something I wanted us to have done earlier, but you forget how much work it goes into getting these things rolling," he said. "We are anticipating a big rise in growth and development on the city’s west side by 2020 and these improvements will accommodate that growth for many years down the road."