LONE GROVE, OK - A pounding hammer marks the march of progress on Lone Grove's new water treatment plant. Crews are only three months into construction, but city manager Ian O'Neal said this project was 14 years in the making.
"Some people wanted to get on with Ardmore, some people wanted their own plant," said O'Neal.
The city council decided to go ahead with the plant and trunk line--a pipe that brings waste water to the plant.
They did it with the help of an $11.7 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resource Board, and they plan to pull the plug on their current system.
Many of the lagoons used for Lone Grove's current waste water system have been out of DEQ compliance for years.
They're not meeting state standards because the Lagoons are too full. But the city has another major reason to build the new plant.
"We've actually had businesses wanting to come to Lone Grove and for whatever reason they couldn't because we didn't have our own sewer system," said former councilman Roy Neill, who runs Lone Grove True Value Hardware. As a business owner, he can see why the plant could open the floodgates for development.
"You come to a point where you cannot grow any more without sewer, water," said Neill.
After more than a decade of little action O'Neal is glad to see water treatment on its way to lone grove.
"I think we finally had a council that recognized the need for it and went ahead and started making those tough decisions," he said.