Bartlesville Municipal Authority

View all


The Bartlesville Municipal Authority (Authority) located in Washington County serves 13,862 sewer customers and 15,402 water customers. According to the 2010 U.S Census the population was 35,750.

The Authority’s current treatment process is an activated sludge. The design average daily flow is 8.206 MGD, and the receiving waterbody is the Caney River which is listed on the 303(d) list for fishes bioassessments.

In 2001, Bartlesville experienced a significant drought that created an awareness for the need for an alternative water supply source. Their current sources for water supply include primarily Copan and Hulah reservoirs. Increased sedimentation of those waterbodies and drought conditions amplified the need to prepare for future potable water supplies for the public. With the passage of the Water for 2060 Act encouraging water reuse and providing a framework for establishing rules for potable reuse, the Authority began investigating potable reuse as an option. Based on the proximity of the water treatment plant to the wastewater treatment plant, studies found that indirect potable reuse as a consideration would provide a sustainable and feasible solution.

With this loan, the Authority will be implementing indirect potable reuse of their current wastewater discharge to utilize reclaimed effluent water from the wastewater treatment plant to augment the water supply. The disinfected effluent from the wastewater treatment plant will be pumped approximately seven miles upstream and discharged into the Caney River. The water will then be mixed with raw stream water and collected at the water treatment plant.

These enhancements will help meet Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by focusing on water conservation and efficiency.