Heavener Utilities Authority (HUA) governs the City facilities and issued an RFP in early December with a start date of January 1st, 2020. This was a very short turn around because the HUA had decided to terminate their current agreement with Veolia. During their December 19th, 2019 regular scheduled meeting, USW Utility Group (USWUG) was awarded a five (5) year contract for the Operations, Maintenance and Management of the City of Heavener, Oklahoma water treatment plant, industrial wastewater treatment plant, municipal wastewater treatment plant and lift stations. USWUG was selected after responding to the RFP in which three other firms had responded as well.
The City of Heavener facilities consists of a surface water treatment plant designed for 3.0 MGD which includes of two raw water intake structures, pre-aeration system, two clarifiers, six multimedia filters, Clearwell, and assorted appurtenances; a municipal SBR wastewater plant designed for .600 MGD, an extended air activated sludge industrial wastewater plant designed for 3.0 MGD dedicated for the OK Foods chicken processing facility, seven (7) lift stations, and two (2) booster stations.
“USW Utility Group has been handling the water and wastewater operations for Chickasha for several years and city officials have been pleased with their services”, according to Heavener City Manager Cody Smith. USWUG has plans to make much-needed plant repairs, while also keeping the plant fully functional. USWUG will be producing Heavener’s water in June when the Poteau Valley Improvement Authority begins supplying OK Foods with water.
The City of Heavener is in southeastern Oklahoma and has a population of around 3,400 people. Heavener is best known for the Heavener Runestone just outside the city limits. The cryptic stone appears to have letters from the runic alphabet, which were possibly etched by pre-Columbian Norsemen.