Things have come a long way since the Land Run of 1889, when settlers got their water from three wells: at the train station, south of the train station and in the vicinity of Santa Fe and Main. Today, the city’s water comes from a network of six man-made lakes—much of it fed by the North Canadian River and from southeastern Oklahoma.
Out with the Old
The utilities department is mindful of its heritage while it looks to the future. On the outside, some of Oklahoma City’s water facilities have a historic elegance, yet what lies inside is state-of-the-art. And while attention is paid to time honored principles like conservation and quality control, city leaders and staff know it takes innovation to meet the challenges of the present and future.
Built in the 1920s, the Overholser water treatment plant on North Pennsylvania Avenue is a monument to the past with a timeless mandate: to supply clean water during periods of high demand, especially the scorching Oklahoma summers.