CN helps Roland build water treatment plant
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The city of Roland in eastern Sequoyah County opened a new water treatment plan in October thanks in part to a grant from the Cherokee Nation.
The tribe provided an $83,000 grant to the city that allowed for the purchase of additional settlement tubes. The tubes increase the rate that sediment is drawn out of the water and helps the plant’s filters work faster and more efficiently, said plant officials.
When completely finished, the modern plant will be capable of producing more than 1.5 million gallons of water per day, which will double the city’s current water production of 750,000 gallons.
The additional settlement tubes purchased by the CN grant have been ordered and will increase that capacity to nearly two million gallons per day.
Other funding for the new water treatment plant came from a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan. The Roland plant is the first one in the country to be financed through the USDA program.
City officials added that because of the modern technology at the new plant, many of the impurities in the city’s water will have a chance to settle out of before it is treated allowing for better tasting water.