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The OWRB's mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for Oklahomans by managing and improving the state’s water resources to ensure clean and reliable water supplies, a strong economy, and a safe and healthy environment.
Our primary duties and responsibilities include water use appropriation and permitting, water quality monitoring and standards, financial assistance for water/wastewater systems, dam safety, floodplain management, water supply planning, technical studies and research, and water resource mapping.
A District representative stated, “Our microfiltration system was seriously compromised by the cold water we were attempting to filter out of the lake. Despite the efforts of our crew and multiple entities we were unable to maintain necessary processing power. This grant is an amazing opportunity to relieve that financial burden as we are moving forward to correct other issues caused by the storm. Thank you for your time and consideration.”
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The McCurtain County Rural Water District No. 8 (District) received approval for $850,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) where $100,000 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness.
A District representative stated, ““On behalf of the Board of Directors and the members of Rural Water District No. 8, McCurtain County, OK, we would like to thank you in advance and express our appreciation to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for their efforts as it relates to the financing of the current water line relocation project. The District is growing rapidly and the financing provided by the OWRB has been an invaluable tool as we have attempted to stay ahead of our ever increasing demand. Both the OWRB and DEQ staff have gone out of their way to make this process as easy as possible. Many thanks to everyone involved.”
Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $216,100 over the life of the 20 year loan compared to traditional financing.
The Cameron Public Works Authority (Authority) located in LeFlore County serves 149 sewer customers and 168 water customers. According to the 2010 U.S Census the population was 302. The community is a small community and met the criteria to receive 100% loan forgiveness from the CWSRF Additional Subsidization for planning and design.
The Authority’s current treatment process is a lagoon system with selective discharge. The design average daily flow is 0.055 MGD, and the receiving stream is an unnamed tributary to the Poteau River which is listed on the 303(d) list for silver, turbidity, cadmium, copper, selenium, and lead.
The proposed project is for planning and design for rehabilitation of the existing sewer system including the collection system, lift station, sewer lagoon, and chlorine/dechlorinating basin in order to address the violations listed in the Consent Order. These enhancements will increase the treatment capacity and improve the effluent being discharged into the Poteau River.
Carney Public Utilities Authority (Authority) located in Lincoln County serves 172 sewer customers and 273 water customers. According to the 2010 U.S. Census the population was 647. This community is small and fits the criteria of our principal forgiveness program. The project is Phase II of principal forgiveness funds for the construction portion of a project that received 100% principal forgiveness for Phase I planning and design.
The water supply system has water meters that no longer provide accurate readings resulting in apparent water loss to the Authority. The wastewater collection system has problems with inflow and infiltration (I/I), which often cause the system to exceed its capacity and result in sanitary sewer overflows.
The Authority’s current treatment process is a lagoon with sand filter system which has a Design Average Daily Flow of 0.105 MGD. The receiving stream is an unnamed tributary to Bell Cow Creek which is on the 303(d) list for enterococcus.
The Authority will utilize the proceeds of the CWSRF loan to acquire and install Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) water meters; replace 4,000 linear feet of eight (8) inch sanitary sewer line, and fifteen (15) manholes. A portion of this project focuses on water conservation and efficiency by identifying water loss in Carney’s system. These improvements could lead to increased water supply reliability by providing the system officials with a better understanding of potential vulnerabilities. Additional improvements to the collection system will reduce I/I which will reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant. Finally, the project will help meet Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals.
The Coweta Public Works Authority (Authority) located in Wagoner County serves 3,542 sewer customers and 3,243 water customers. According to the 2010 U.S. Census the population was 9,943.
The Authority’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) utilizes flow-through lagoons equipped with mechanical aeration followed by a polishing pond and disinfection basin. The growth of the City is at a pace exceeding the state average for the next 20 years, and the current WWTP is not configured or equipped to provide adequate treatment for the flow associated with population growth.
The Authority’s current treatment process is a lagoon system with a design average daily flow of 3.0 MGD. The receiving stream for the system is the Arkansas River which is on the 303(d) list for enterococcus.
The Authority will utilize the proceeds to construct a new lift station, concrete a lagoon, construct lagoon partition walls to create two (2) aeration basins, construct two (2) aerobic sludge digesters and construct one (1) flow equalization basin, an activated sludge pump station, two (2) secondary clarifiers, and sludge drying beds along with modification of their existing disinfection basin. These enhancements will result in processing improvements to allow wastewater treatment to be more efficient and effective for community residents and businesses in and near the Authority and will help to preserve the existing aquatic habitat through improved quality of system effluent.
The Oklahoma Water Resources Board's (OWRB) Financial Assistance Division assists communities in their efforts to protect and conserve Oklahoma's water resources for current and future generations through cost-effective financial products, technical assistance, and high quality customer service. To find more information, please visit here.
The CWSRF loan program is funded by EPA capitalization grants, state matching funds, and bonds. The CWSRF is administered by the OWRB. The interest rate is approximately 60% of AAA market rate with 40% savings through federal subsidy.
The DWSRF loan program is funded by EPA capitalization grants, state matching funds, loan repayments, investment earnings, and bonds. The DWSRF is co-administered by the OWRB and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ). The interest rate is approximately 70% of AAA market rate with 30% savings through federal subsidy.
The OWRB's state loan revenue bond program offers long term, variable interest rate funding with a fixed rate conversion option. This low interest rate is based on the OWRB's AAA credit rating.
The Emergency Grant Program is a point-based program designed to assist communities facing crises which threaten life, health, or property.
The REAP Grant Program is a point-based program designed to assist smaller communities that lack sufficient fiscal capacity. Cities, towns, and municipalities with a population less than 1,750 are given priority. Rural water and/or sewer districts with less than 525 non-pasture customers are also given priority.