The City of Sallisaw obtains raw water from Brushy Creek Lake located approximately six miles north of Sallisaw. The 3,000 acre lake was constructed in 1963 by the USDA Soil Conservation Service for flood control and a municipal water supply for Sallisaw. The total drainage area above the lake is 13,256 acres. Water is pumped to the Sallisaw treatment facilities via a 16-inch transmission line approximately six miles in length.
In December 2007, a new 6 million gallon per day water treatment plant
was brought online, retiring two older plants. The new plant was
constructed by BRB Construction Company, Topeka, Kansas, at a cost of
$17.5 million. Also included in the project was construction of a new
intake structure and pumping station on Brushy Lake.
Sales Tax for Water Improvements
In September of 2004, the voters of the City of Sallisaw approved a
half cent sales tax increase dedicated to water improvements. This tax
became effective on January 1, 2005 and expires on December 31, 2035.