The city council authorized a Chickasha legal firm Monday to pursue action to recover damages associated with a $2 million water project initiated in 2008.

   Mayor Shawn Komahcheet declined to answer questions regarding the impending lawsuit, but it is no secret the council has been considering legal action since the engineer responsible for drilling two test wells informed the council that water produced by those wells would not meet the state‚Äôs drinking water quality requirements due to high levels of fluoride.

   Satish Dasharathy, project engineer for Edmond-based Eagle Consultants gave the council a variety of treatment options when he disclosed the problem two years ago, but the council had not pursued any avenues until its meeting Monday.

   The city was approved for a $2 million loan from Oklahoma Water Resources Board to drill the new wells, construct a 350,000-gallon water storage tank with pump station, chemical feed system, and generator, and to install a radio-telemetry system.

   According to Patty Thompson, engineering manager of construction and operations groups for Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, about $660,000 of the $2 million loan was spent drilling the wells.

   Thompson said in 2010 that the wells drilled in Cache were more fully developed than traditional test wells, but that they were drilled according to project specifications.

   It is not clear whether the council plans to sue the engineer who designed the project, the contractor who drilled the wells or DEQ, or any combination thereof, nor would Komahcheet say when he expects the suit to be filed.