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Celebrate Drinking Water Week this May 5-11

Released:May 06, 2019


(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / May 6, 2019) – We use water every day to cook, to wash and to drink. Water is also used for fighting fires, industrial uses, irrigation and swimming pools. The City of Stillwater recognizes the important role water plays in our community and is celebrating Drinking Water Week this May 5-11.

“We are responsible for ensuring our city always has safe and reliable drinking water,” Water Utilities Director James Driskel said. “We also provide an Annual Water Quality Report so residents can see the testing and standards we are required to meet every year to protect our water resources.”

The American Water Works Association theme for this year's Drinking Water Week is Protect the Source.

The City of Stillwater’s water source is Kaw Lake. Water is pumped through a 36-mile pipeline with two major river crossings to bring it to the City’s Water Treatment Plant.

Our community currently uses an average of seven million gallons of water per day. However, our water system is capable of providing up to 18 million gallons per day of drinking water.

The City is in the process of upgrading the Water Treatment Plant processes and chemical systems. The Water Treatment Plant Project will make improvements to almost every process at the plant.

The project will also modify the treatment scheme to provide for greater water quality stability in our distribution system.

“The City is also upgrading our water distribution system through a program we call Water 2040,” Water Utilities Director Bill Millis said. “Water 2040 will improve our water service and prepare for the future growth of southwest Stillwater.”

The Water 2040 program so far has installed more than 26 miles of underground water lines, two new distribution pump stations and two new water towers to aid water delivery and storage. 

Future Water 2040 work includes additional water lines, a third pump station in southwest Stillwater and a new finished water pump station at the Water Treatment Plant.

Copies of the most recent Water Quality Reports are available to download in our Document Center at

For more details about the Water 2040 program, go to

More details about the Water Treatment Plant Improvements and more are under our Current Projects page.

For more information on Drinking Water Week, go to

The City of Stillwater is a utility member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to management and treatment of water. The association creates products, services and information that help utilities inform the public, safeguard public health, improve day-to-day operations, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.


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