The Kaw Lake Water Supply Project is a large scale water transmission project in North Central Oklahoma that conveys raw water from the Kaw Lake Reservoir near Ponca City southeast to Enid, OK. This water will be treated at a facility in Enid and distributed throughout the area, providing a clean and reliable flow of water to the region. Garney Construction is the overall project CMAR, overseeing vendor and subcontractor procurement. Carstensen Contracting was awarded its first segment of the Kaw Lake Water Supply Project, Segment 1, in spring of 2021. This segment consisted of nearly 10 miles of 30″ bar-wrapped concrete pipe starting near the City of Enid and heading northeast. Later in the year, CCI was awarded segments 4, 5, and 7 which continued northeast to the outskirts of Ponca City. These segments included another 17.5 miles of 30″ bar-wrapped pipe as well as 8.5 miles of 36″ spiral weld pipe.
Working hand in hand with Garney Construction and Garver Engineering, CCI began installing pipe in mid 2022 and finished the majority of the pipe in 2023. Final pipe and bore connections will be completed in spring of 2024.
Involving numerous landowners, bends, and elevation changes, the Kaw Lake segments presented daily challenges to CCI crews. Heavy spring and fall rains, deep cuts, and layers of rock contributed to the issues faced by the crews. However, Carstensen crews once again completed the segments with ingenuity and hard work.
Carstensen Contracting greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with an industry giant in Garney Construction. They truly are the top of the field and a great example for CCI and its employees to follow as we grow