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Dredging to Begin at Local Water Supply Lake

Posted on October 12, 2015

Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District board members not only received good news but also saw it as they drove onto district property at Waurika Lake on Tuesday.

Heavy equipment was busy building earthen containers that will hold silt and water that will be moved by a barge in order to increase water availability for the six towns that are water customers.

The area includes 17 acres and the pit will be 10 feet deep, with the sides compacted to control seepage, said Dan Keithline, the engineer on the project. This will hold 400 million cubic yards of material.

The cost for the dirt work is $1.3 million, but it is a part of the bid contract of the total cost of $9 million.

The barge that will be used for the dredging is already on district property just waiting to be launched and put to use.

David Taylor, who is the district manager, said dredging should begin Wednesday, Oct. 28. Gate replacement should also begin soon.

Taylor said he has contacted each of the affected member cities: Lawton, Duncan, Comanche, Walters and Temple, to let them know they will have to rely on their own water sources during the first two weeks of dredging.

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