City of McAlester takes over water plant operations

The City of McAlester is excited to announce it officially took over daily operations of the Water Treatment Plant on July 1, 2024, to retain control over vital infrastructure and ensure the highest standards of water quality.

The decision to assume control of the plant’s operations follows an extensive evaluation process and strategic planning effort aimed at enhancing the efficiency and reliability of McAlester’s water treatment services. The City will now directly oversee the day-to-day management and maintenance of the facility, leveraging local expertise and resources to deliver optimal performance and safeguard public health.

“We are excited to take this important step in managing our water resources more effectively,” City Manager Dave Andren said. “By bringing the operations of the water treatment plant in-house, we can better oversee the processes and ensure that our community receives the highest quality water. This move will enable us to respond more swiftly to any issues and implement improvements that directly benefit our residents.”

“The quality of our water is paramount, and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards,” Public Works Utilities Director Nick Manning said. “Our team is dedicated to delivering safe, clean, and reliable water to every household and business in McAlester.”

The City hired a team of experienced professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge in water treatment and environmental management. This team is tasked with maintaining the plant’s operations in compliance with state and federal regulations while also seeking opportunities to enhance efficiency and sustainability.

The City also is working with Infrastructure Solutions Group and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma to convert the plant to an electrical system that was a huge step in a plan to improve efficiency at the plant, save on electric usage, resolve issues with replacement part availability, allow control throughout the system, and other issues identified after a water emergency in 2023.

“Not only will this give us the benefit of being able to control pressures and zones, but it also allows us to update and improve our water plant that started operation in 1982,” Manning said.

The Water Treatment Plant treats around 3.5-5 million gallons per day to provide drinking water to about 28,000 people in the City of McAlester and five rural water districts (Rural Water Districts 5, 6, 7, 9, & 16).

The City appreciates the understanding and cooperation of citizens and customers during this transition. If anyone has concerns or questions, please reach out to the Utilities Department