Sayre, OK turns to HDPE pipe for key potable water pipeline
The Oklahoma town of Sayre, nestled on Route 66 and home to approximately 4,000 residents, recently replaced one of two key pipelines that bring potable water into the city. The gravity-flow lines cross the North Fork of the Red River under the protection of a bridge that carries traffic in and out of the community.
One of those lines suspended under the bridge, a 10-inch steel line constructed and welded in the 1950s, was becoming increasingly troublesome. During the high-demand summer season, Sayre would be in serious trouble without one of the water lines functioning. In the lessened demand of winter, the time was perfect for a quick November and December fix.
"That line has had a lot of leaks, mainly at the joints where it's been welded," said Guy Hylton, city manager for Sayre. "We've put 'band-aids' all up and down the line. We call them band-aids, but they are stainless steel straps. They just continue to leak though, so we had to come up with a solution."