Guthrie slowly begins operations at new $20M Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Waste Water Treatment Plant pictured on August 18, 2021.

As of Tuesday morning, the City of Guthrie has started utilizing its new $20 million wastewater treatment plant, although it is not yet fully operational. City Manager Eddie Faulkner provided an update to the council, outlining the steps being taken to bring the facility to full functionality.

“We have turned over and are receiving material at the new facility, so we expect over the next 30 to 60 days we will continue to work out all the kinks and bugs and get the wastewater treatment plant fully operational,” Faulkner explained.

The project is funded through a combination of $19 million in bond issues from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and $1 million from the city’s Capital Improvement Project and CMOM fees. The new plant is located at 1506 N. Academy Road, near the City’s Convenience Center (landfill).

Once the new facility is fully operational, the current sewer plant at 806 Beemer Road will be torn down. The existing plant, which opened in 1955 and was updated in 1982 and 2001, has reached the end of its design life, with its permit expiring in 2025.

The city has notified the Department of Environmental Quality about the transition to the new plant.

“This is a huge win for the community,” Faulkner stated. He also mentioned plans for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late August or early September, allowing the staff time to become familiar with the new equipment and to show the community their investment.

Faulkner expressed his appreciation to Public Works Director Tenny Maker, the staff, and Myers Engineering for their hard work on the project.


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