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June 14, 2014

The water is bad, but it's getting better

CHICKASHA —

Oh the water.

Chickasha's controversial topic that pits council members against each other and wins our newspaper awards. 

I have to say, I chuckled at the TEA Party's sign this week, but it's time to stop joking around when it comes to our agua.  

I'm going to take a moment to dispel some rumors floating around this muck of nonsense. 

Although popular opinion seems to suggest that the city can solve the issues over night, the reality is quite a bit more frustrating. Chickasha is dealing with a water system that is not 10 or 20 years old. Some parts of the piping span back 50 years. This issue should have been dealt with a long time ago, but it wasn't and that is not the fault of the current council. 

Then there's distance. Our water source is not three miles way. The city draws it's water from Ft. Cobb Lake outside of Anadarko. This is quite a trek from our town. It's not  a simple jaunt, and replacing 35 miles of piping is not an easy task. This is why an overall construction cost of $50 million has been tossed around, which brings me to the next misconception. 

The City of Chickasha is not a bank. Our leaders do not have an infinite number of blank checks at their disposal. They could substantially raise taxes, or pass numerous high interest bond issues in order to quickly fix the water problem, but I doubt many of the city's residents would be happy with large portions of their salaries suddenly disappearing. 

Due to the recent health scare, I have pulled Chickasha's water testing records from the last 20 years, and after sifting through the first decade of this information I can conclude the danger has been minimal and controlled. 

We need to stop shouting corruption when it comes to the water, and we as a people need to give our council some time to enact their plans.  

Expecting instant gratification when it comes to this problem is not only juvenile, it's asinine. 

This will not be fixed tomorrow, next week or even next year. But it will be fixed, and our city officials have  started the process. Now they need your patience.

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