The district water will come from three or four wells which will tap the Garber-Wellington aquifer at sites on DOC acreage near Lexington.
The city of Lexington currently buys water from Purcell. It uses 104 million gallons of water annually in a normal year and about 112 million gallons in a drought year.
Some private, non-commercial users will be members of the rural water district as well. When the project started around a decade ago, people could sign up for $600, Murnan said. Now the cost is $2,500.
In other county business, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office reported that there are 364 prisoners in the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center. Of those, 85 are Oklahoma Department of Corrections prisoners, 71 of which have received a judgment and sentencing and will ship out as soon as DOC takes them.
The county commissioners approved blanket purchase orders for the following:
· County Commissioners to Shawn Blackburn $600
· District 2 Warehouse to Hydradyne Hydraulics $1,000
· County Health Department to Norman Stamp & Seal Co. $200; Lowe’s Companies, Inc. $500
· County Election Board to Eureka Water Company $200
· County Sheriff’s office to O’Reilly Automotive $500