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February 20, 2024

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Kaw City receives $63,867 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –Kaw City (City) in Kay County received approval for a $63,867 Emergency Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s wastewater infrastructure.

The City has experienced root intrusion into their sewer lines. To remediate the issue, the City hired a third party to perform root control. After the root control was performed, the sewer line collapsed as the roots were acting as structural integrity for the line. These proceeds will be used to replace the upstream sewer line and bore underneath Washunga Drive with a 12-inch steel casing for connection to the existing line. This redirect will allow flow around the collapsed portion of sewer line. The estimated cost of the project is $192,785 which will be funded by the emergency grant of $63,867.25, $100,000 from a Northern Oklahoma Development Authority's Rural Economic Action Plan grant, and 15% match of local funds totaling $28,917.75.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $124,600 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $7.1 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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February 20, 2024

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Stilwell Area Development Authority receives $7,975,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Stilwell Area Development Authority (Authority) received approval for $7,975,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’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 $800,000 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness, along with $5,018,500 from an OWRB American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) tribal grant, $5,099,500 in Cherokee Nation ARPA tribal matching funds, $1,220,000 from a Cherokee Nation Engineering grant, and $7,000,000 in Indian Health Services funding.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to construct a five (5) million gallons per day (MGD) new water treatment plant. The construction will include a raw water pump station with three (3) 2.0-MGD pumps and the possiblity to increase capacity by adding a fourth pump, one (1) rapid mix basin, two (2) 2.5-MGD high rate pulsating clarifiers, four (4) 2.0-MGD declining rate cluster filters, four (4) 1.7-MGD high service pumps, two (2) 4.3-MGD backwash sludge pumps, two (2) new 250,000-gallon clearwells, a new chemical feed building with sodium permanganate, polymer, sodium hypochlorite, polyphosphate, and hydroflourosillic acid feed systems. These improvements will provide an adquate supply of drinking water for the customers of the system.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $4,164,600 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenue of the Authority’s water system and 90-percent of the electric and a mortgage. Representing the Authority is Shelldon Miggletto, their grant writer. Miggletto shared, “Stilwell thanks the Board for their consideration of this loan request. Four out of five rural water districts in Adair County purchase water from the system. These improvements will directly affect rate payers.”

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February 20, 2024

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Pawnee Public Works Authority receives $800,000 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Pawnee Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $800,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water metering infrastructure. Upgrades to the system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace 970 water meters with advanced metering infrastucture (AMI) readers. This project helps to meet Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by focusing on water conservation and efficiency and reducing unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,240,200 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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Town of Wilburton receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Wilburton (Town) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Townowns and operates a sewer system which needs to address the inflow and infiltration (I&I) of stormwater during high rain events. These proceeds will be used to replace 5,000 linear feet of 8-inch sewer main, 13 manholes, and perform surface repairs and improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. These improvements will address the I&I into the sewer collection system thereby reducing unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility and prevent unpermitted discharges from wet weather.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200.00 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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Town of Waukomis receives $932,673 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Waukomis (Town) received approval for $932,673 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town owns and operates a public water system which is in need of repair. These proceeds will be used to rehabilitate the water standpipes and install new yard piping, a new generator with an automatic transfer switch, and a chlorine bleach feed system. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,448,700 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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Town of Muldrow receives $980,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Muldrow (Town) received approval for $980,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town owns and operates a water treatment plant in need of overflow pipe and filter repair. These proceeds will be used to install flow meters on four (4) water filters, install ten (10) backwash pumps, two (2) overflow pipes, a new telemetry system, an emergency generator with an automatic transfer switch, and 1,344 water meters.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,509,100 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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Town of Grayson receives $1,153,846 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Grayson (Town) received approval for $1,153,846 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town operates a wastewater system consisting of lagoons and lift stations. Both lift stations require repairs to operate safely and the lagoons are full of sludge which has diminished their capacity. The proposed projects are to replace the two submersible centrifugal pumps, corroded piping, add guide rails and brackets, upgrade the electrical system at the two lift stations, drain and clean out the wastewater lagoon, clearing out and grading of natural stormwater conveyances, install additional pipes and repairs to existing stormwater structure, and increase capacity of the detention pond with additional grading.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,778,800.00 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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Sulphur Municipal Authority receives $5,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Sulphur Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $5,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $5,000,000 in Chickasaw Nation tribal matching funds.

The Authorityowns and operates a public water supply system that provides drinking water and fire protection to the town of Sulphur. The Authority is in need of additional water capacity and will use the proceeds to construct three additional water wells, a raw water transmission main, booster pump station, and irrigation water mains. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $7,568,600.00 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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The Sardis Lake Water Authority receives $3,292,500 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Sardis Lake Water Authority (Authority) received approval for $3,292,500 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. The first request was for $2,896,500 along with $6,481,350 in Choctaw Nation matching funds and a second request totaling $396,000 with $396,000 in Choctaw Nation matching funds. All upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority owns and operates a water treatment plant (WTP) which furnishes water to Pushmataha, Latimer, Atoka, and Pittsburg County. The first request's proceeds will be used to rehabilitate the water treatment plant with a new water intake structure, plant building, filters, chemical feed, and electrical work.

The second request’s proceeds will target unmet construction standards on the Gilley Hill standpipe. The proposed project is to replace the Gilley Hill standpipe, install SCADA, telemetry, and controls to the standpipe, and provide backup power to the Wildwood Pump Station.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $4,390,300 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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The Pittsburg County Public Works Authority and Haileyville Public Works Authority, each, receive $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Pittsburg County Public Works Authority (Pittsburg Authority) and the Haileyville Public Works Authority (Haileyville Authority), each, received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authorities’ system infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program. 

The Pittsburg Authority operates a water treatment plant (WTP) and distribution system that services the north east part of Pittsburg County, including the town of Crowder. The system has older steel lines which are failing, resulting in high maintenance costs. These proceeds will be used to replace 5,000 linear feet of water line with PVC water line, 50 gate valves and service connections, and perform other improvements to the WTP.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Pittsburg Authority customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust receives $2,083,434 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust (Trust) received approval for $2,083,434 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $15,826,566 in Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan funds. 

The Trustowns and operates the Deer Creek wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and is working to improve the odor and biosolids at the WWTP. These proceeds will be used to replace the belt filter presses, aeration and mixing systems, the lime system, and conveyor. Additionally, the Trust is adding a new biological trickling filter and installing aa new hydrogen peroxide system.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,217,300 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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Mountain Park Master Conservancy District receives $1,409,648 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Mountain Park Master Conservancy District (District) received approval for $1,409,648 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Districtsupplies water to Altus, Snyder, and Frederick. The District has the need for an emergency water supply due to drought in the area. These proceeds will be use to purchase 160 acres of land and install a new well and pipeline to the existing infrastructure. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $2,182,9000 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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The Guymon Utilities Authority receives $675,150 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Guymon Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $675,150 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $870,950 in local funds.

The Authority owns and operates a water system which serves the city of Guymon. The Ogallala Aquifer is the Authority's main water source and has lost capacity due to drier conditions in the area. These proceeds will be used to drill seven test wells to determine viability of the sites as permanent well locations. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,044,200 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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Garvin Public Works Authority receives $600,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Garvin Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $600,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $600,000 in Choctaw Nation matching funds.

The Authorityowns and operates a sewer collection and treatment system. These proceeds will be used to repair eroded lagoon dikes, replace 2,000 linear feet of sewer lines, replaced seven (7) manholes, repair ten (10) cleanouts and an existing pump station force main.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $920,400 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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The Dewar Public Works Authority receives $300,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Dewar Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $300,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $300,000 in Muskogee Creek Nation matching funds, and $216,318 from Indian Health Services.

The Authority owns and operates a public water supply system for the town of Dewar. The current booster pump station and water mains are in need of replacement. These proceeds will be used to construct a new booster pump station and replace system water mains, enhancing the water system functionality for the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $456,000 compared to traditional financing.

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February 20, 2024

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Bartlesville Municipal Authority receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Bartlesville Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  The planning for construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $2,000,000 in local funds.

The Authorityowns and operates the Chickasaw wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) serving the residents of Bartlesville. These proceeds will be used to complete an engineering report in order to increase and improve the WWTP capacity. Proposed improvements will enhance the wastewater system functionality for the system.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,097,400 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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Waukomis Public Works Authority receives $79,900 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Waukomis Public Works Authority (Authority) in Garfield County received approval for a $79,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority owns and operates a sanitary sewer collection and treatment system which does not meet regulatory requirements because of the absence of a reliable emergency operation system. These proceeds will be used to install a standby generator for the lift station.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $139,800 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $7.1 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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January 16, 2024

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Muskogee Municipal Authority receives $82,000,000 loan from the OWRB for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Muskogee Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $82,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority owns and operates a sanitary sewer collection system and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that was constructed in the early 1950’s. These proceeds will be used for major improvements to the WWTP, rehabilitation of a sewage pump station, flow equalization basins, and headwork facilities, and to demolish facilities which are no longer in service. 

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $20,889,800 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems and a .50-cent sales tax.

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January 16, 2024

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Minco Municipal Authority receives $7,635,000 loan from the OWRB for water and wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Minco Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $7,635,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure.

These proceeds will be used for transforming the Authority’s existing wastewater lagoon system into a seasonal discharge and land application process consisting of an irrigation system with center pivot irrigation. Additionally, this project will include planning and replacement of old cast iron water mains. These improvements will assist in reducing water loss and improve the reliability of the water supply.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,828,500 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems, a 3-cent sales tax, and mortgage. Minco Mayor, Susan Hollandsworth shared, “Minco greatly appreciated this opportunity. We are in need and thank you so much.“

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January 16, 2024

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The Wright City Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Wright City Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority owns and operates a wastewater system. The grant proceeds will be used to replace approximately 10,600 linear feet of 8-inch sewer main and twenty-six (26) manholes..

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200.00 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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Town of Keota receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Keota (Town) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town owns and operates a wastewater system. These proceeds will be used for land application improvements, to replace approximately 1,000 linear feet of sewer main and two (2) manholes.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200.00 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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Pittsburg County Rural Water, Sewer, Gas, and Solid Waste Management District No. 14 receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Pittsburg County Rural Water, Sewer, Gas, and Solid Waste Management District No. 14 (District) received approval for $1,000,000 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Districtoperates a water purchase system which is experiencing high water loss. This grant funding will be used to install approximately 9,400 linear feet of PVC SDR-21 water line. These improvements will focus on water conservation. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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Ochelata Utilities Authority receives $999,331 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Ochelata Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $999,331 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water and wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority owns and operates a wastewater treatment plant and water distribution system. The wastewater system must either reduce inflow and infiltration (I&I) or increase the capacity at the treatment facility. Also, the Authority has a need for increased fire protection. These proceeds will be used to replace approximately 5,300 linear feet of 8-inch sewer line, improve system hydraulics and provide additional fire protection by replacing approximately 2,650 linear feet of 8-inch water line along Ochelata Street between Sprawl Avenue and South Street.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,538,500 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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Muskogee County Rural Water District No. 3 receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Muskogee County Rural Water District No. 3 (District) received approval for $1,000,000 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The District owns and operates a water treatment plant and water distribution system. The system currently has dead-end water lines and areas of low pressure. The proposed project is to install approximately 15,040 linear feet of 6-inch water line to loop the dead-end lines and to construct a new booster pump station.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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City of McLoud receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of McLoud (City) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The City owns and operates a wastewater system. The system's sewer lines are approximately 100 years old and in need of repair. These proceeds will be used to replace approximately 5,000 linear feet of sewer lines with 8-inch PVC sewer pipe throughout the City. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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The McAlester Public Works Authority receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The McAlester Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $2,000,000 from an active Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan.

The Authority owns and operates a water distribution system in need of upgrades. These proceeds will be used to replace approximately 8,500 linear feet of water main and gate valves. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,097,400 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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City of Lexington receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Lexington (City) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The City owns and operates a water distribution system that has under-sized and dilapidated waterlines. These proceeds will be used to replace approximately 5,000 linear feet of waterline with 6-inch PVC pipe and add valves and fire hydrants. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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City of Holdenville receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Holdenville (City) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program. 

The Cityowns and operates a water treatment plant and a water distribution system that is in need of replacement. The proposed project is to install eighteen (18) valves, install seventeen (17) fire hydrants, and fund engineering services. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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City of Crescent receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Crescent (City) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Cityowns and operates a sanitary sewer system that flows into a lagoon southwest of Crescent. The City has experienced an increase in population which will require a system expansion. These proceeds will be used to construct a new gravity sewer main, lift station, and force main to the City's lagoon. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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Buckhorn Rural Water District No. 2 receives $4,166,667 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Buckhorn Rural Water District No. 2 (District), in Murray County, received approval for $4,166,667 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $4,000,000 in Chickasaw Tribal matching funds.

The District’s focus is to establish stable and reliable water sources for distribution purposes. These proceeds will be used to drill and facilitate two, new ground water supply wells and install necessary water line for tie-in to the existing system. Additionally, the District will connect into the town of Sulphur’s water system as a secondary supply source.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $4,891,000 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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Atoka Municipal Authority receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Atoka Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $849,916 in local funds.

The Authority owns and operates a wastewater collection system and treatment facility. These proceeds will be used to construct a new headworks with a two-channeled unit capable of independent operation. This project will reduce operation time required of system personnel at the primary lift station. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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January 16, 2024

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Arbuckle Master Conservancy District receives $6,250,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Arbuckle Master Conservancy District (District) received approval for $6,250,000 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $6,000,000 in Chickasaw Tribal matching funds.

The District has received a reduction for the maximum annual yield determination for water use from the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer. This reduction in yield for water use coupled with the increased water demand in the area has resulted in a need to create sustainability and certainty for the towns of Sulphur and Dougherty as well as Murray County and Buckhorn Rural Water Districts. Proceeds will be used to address these concerns by replacing four existing pump stations and the installation of a new re-regulating reservoir pump station and new pipeline to Sulphur's water treatment plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $8,052,900 compared to traditional financing.

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December 19, 2023

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City of Tishomingo receives $8,263,962 in grants from OWRB

City of Tishomingo receives $8,263,962 in grants from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Tishomingo (City) received approval for $8,263,962 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve water and wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements will be financed by three grants provided through the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) program.

Murray State College, located within the City, owns and operates a water treatment plant that serves approximately 2,800 students and 200 staff members. This facility cannot meet the required fire protection regulations while maintaining usable water for all facilities. The first ARPA grant's proceeds will be used to connect the City's water system at three locations with the installation of 8-inch pipelines. The estimated cost of the project is $503,932.50 which will be funded by the ARPA grant of $223,402 along with $214,466.25 from Chickasaw Tribal matching funds, and $75,000 from Murray State College.

The City of Tishomingo owns and operates a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that serves 3,041 customers. The primary mechanical equipment and systems at the WWTP have reached the end of their service life, resulting in excessive operational and maintenance requirements. The second ARPA grant’s proceeds will be used for a new Alternating-Zone Extended-Air Activated Sludge Advanced Biological Nutrient Removal Facility. This project will be funded by the ARPA grant of $4,283,844 along with $4,674,000 from Indian Health Services, and $4,112,490.50 from Chickasaw Tribal matching funds.

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December 19, 2023

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Quinlan Community Water District No. 1 receives $15,000 grant from OWRB

Quinlan Community Water District No. 1 receives $15,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Quinlan Community Water District No. 1 (District), in Woodward County, received approval for a $15,000 Emergency grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.

The District owns and operates a system consisting of two water wells and a standpipe. One of the wells supplying the District has collapsed. OWRB's well driller personnel conducted a camera test which revealed the collapse was caused by mineralization and an iron bacterium which corroded the casing. Proceeds will be used to drill a well and install a fiberglass insulated well house. The estimated cost of the project is $200,000, which will be funded by a Rural Infrastructure Grant in the amount of $80,000, an Oklahoma Economic Development Authority Grant of $75,000, local matching funds of $20,000, an in-kind match of $10,000, and the requested emergency grant of $15,000.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $29,500 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $7.1 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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December 19, 2023

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Wewoka Public Works Authority receives $9,565,000 water system funding from OWRB

Wewoka Public Works Authority receives $9,565,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Wewoka Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $9,565,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) along with a $5,000,000 Congressionally Designated grant, and $2,681,000 from Indian Health Services.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds for the construction of a new water treatment plant consisting of a raw water main, clarifiers, filters, disinfection facilities, and chemical feed systems. Additional project elements include concrete lined ponds, a backwash return lift station, a new SCADA system, and the instillation of all piping, valves, and electrical needs to complete the improvements. Disinfecting drinking water has reduced waterborne disease drastically. However, byproducts which may result from the disinfection can sometimes have unintended effects. Therefore, by addressing this issue, this project helps to meet the public health goals for the state.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $2,434,500 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems, a 1.25-cent sales tax, and a mortgage. City Manager, Mark Mosley, attended the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application. Mr. Mosley, stated, “Wewoka has the oldest active water plant in the state. We greatly appreciate the consideration of this project.”

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December 19, 2023

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Cherokee County Rural Water District No. 11 receives $3,427,150 water system funding from OWRB

Cherokee County Rural Water District No. 11 receives $3,427,150 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Cherokee County Rural Water District No. 11 (District) received approval for $3,427,150 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 $864,241 will be in the form of loan forgiveness, along with $2,000,000 provided through a Cherokee Nation grant.

The District will utilize these proceeds for the construction of two (2) adsorption clarifier package units with an individual capacity of 280 gallons per minute (gpm), one (1) 500-gpm raw water pump, one (1) 550-gpm finished water pump, one (1) chemical feed building, one (1) laboratory control building, the rehabilitation of two (2) existing adsorption clarifier package units, electrical work, and instrumentation. These improvements will allow the District to continue meeting the water needs of its customers.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $2,201,641 over the life of the 25-year loan compared to traditional financing. The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the District’s water system and a mortgage. Representing the District was Manager, Joshua Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard, stated, “We thank the Board for considering this request. This will be needed for the future, as we grow.”

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December 19, 2023

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The Bernice Public Works Authority receives $2,250,000 water system funding from OWRB

The Bernice Public Works Authority receives $2,250,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Bernice Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,250,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), with $1,000,000 in loan forgiveness, along with $95,000 from a Rural Infrastructure Grant (RIG), and $15,000 in local funds.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds for 31,900 linear feet of 8-inch polyvinyl chloride (PVC) water line which will run approximately seven miles to the Authority from Ketchum Public Works Authority. Additionally, funding will address the construction of one (1) 150-gallon per minute (gpm) booster pump station with a 40-kilowatt (KW) stand-by generator, and the purchase of one (1) 100-KW stand-by generator for the Authority's existing well. The Authority's interconnection to the Ketchum Public Works Authority will improve water quality for the existing Authority's customers.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $2,810,200 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water system, ½ cent sales tax, and use tax and a mortgage. The Authority’s Chairman, Mark Ellison, stated, “This consideration means a great deal as our town grows. Thank you.”

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December 19, 2023

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The Jay Utilities Authority receives $524,250 loan from OWRB

The Jay Utilities Authority receives $524,250 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – TheJay Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for a $524,250 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater system. This improvement will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority’s wastewater treatment plant does not currently have a source of standby power. These proceeds will be used for the installation of a 400 KW generator. This improvement will allow the Authority to maintain treatment requirements for discharge into Jay Creek and continue to provide uninterrupted service to customers if the power to the plant is disrupted.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $93,100 over the life of the 15-year loan compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation, and gas systems, a one-cent sales tax, and a mortgage.Representing the Authority was Chairman and Mayor of Jay, Becki Farley, and Treasurer, Kay Pickup. Ms. Farley stated, “Jay has worked for the last five years to get this taken care of. We appreciate the help from the Board.”

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December 19, 2023

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Westville Utility Authority receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

Westville Utility Authority receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Westville Utility Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with a bank loan totaling $922,000.

The Authority owns and operates a water distribution system that serves approximately 750 customers in the town of Westville. The current storage facility is insufficient to meet water demands during droughts or emergencies. These proceeds will be used to construct a 250,000-gallon elevated storage tank to address the issue.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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December 19, 2023

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Town of Taft receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

Town of Taft receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Taft (Town) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB). Construction of upgrades and improvements will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $1,107,692 in an ARPA Designated grant.

The Town owns and operates a aging water distribution system. These proceeds will be used as an extension of the ARPA Designated grant for the installation of a dedicated line to the standpipe, a recirculation, aeration pump for the standpipe, to replace water lines, gate valves, fire hydrants, and service connections, and to perform any needed surface repair.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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December 19, 2023

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Town of Soper receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

Town of Soper receives $1,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Soper (Town) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town owns and operates a sewer and wastewater system. The aged sewer lines within the wastewater system are creating inflow and infiltration issues. These proceeds with be used to replace approximately 4,905 linear feet of 8-inch vitrified clay pipe with 8-inch HDPE sewer line and brick manholes with new precast concrete manholes. These improvements will help to prevent unwanted contaminants from entering area waterbodies and reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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December 19, 2023

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Talihina Public Works Authority and the Town of Talihina receives $3,756,719 in grants from OWRB

Talihina Public Works Authority and the Town of Talihina receives**$3,756,719** in grants from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Talihina Public Works Authority (Authority) and the Town of Talihina (Town) received approval for a combined $3,756,719 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Both requests were financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program. The first request to the Authority totaled $2,756,719 along with $2,646,450 from Choctaw Trible matching funds, and the second request, to the Town, was for $1,000,000.

The Authority's water treatment plant is in need of repair. These proceeds will be used to rehabilitate the raw water pump station and for the installation of a new sludge waste lagoon, an additional chemical tank, and a new SCADA system. The Town's ARPA funding will address inflow and infiltration issues which are allowing unpermited discharges. This project will include the replacement of a lift station, approximately 1,750 linear feet of 8-inch sewer line, and seven (7) manholes. These improvements will help prevent unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility and unpermitted discharges from wet weather.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $5,826,600, collectively, compared to traditional financing.

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December 19, 2023

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The City of Shawnee receives $1,692,418 grant for system improvements

The City of Shawnee receives $1,692,418 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Shawnee (City) received approval for $1,692,418 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $1,692,417.94 in local funds.

The City owns and operates a water distribution system that has aging water lines. These proceeds will be used to replace approximately 6,400 linear feet of 8 and 12-inch waterline throughout the system.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $2,620,900 compared to traditional financing.

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December 19, 2023

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Okemah Utilities Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

Okemah Utilities Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Okemah Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $20,875,325 in funding from the OWRB Financial Assistance Loan Program.

The Authority owns and operates an aged water treatment plant (WTP) that serves the city of Okemah. These proceeds will be used for the construction of a new WTP which will allow the system to continue meeting the needs of their customers. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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December 19, 2023

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Mill Creek Public Works Authority receives $387,375 grant for system improvements

Mill Creek Public Works Authority receives $387,375 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Mill Creek Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $387,375 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $371,880 in Chickasaw Tribal matching funds and $563,000 from Indian Health Services.

The Authority owns and operates a public water supply system which is experiencing deficiencies with its water wells. This creates a challenge in meeting system needs during peak demand periods. These proceed will be used to upgrade the electrical of three (3) wells, add generators, and an automatic transfer switch. Additionally, this project includes the drilling of a new well, the installation of a new SCADA, to include new computers to monitor the wells, and for the installation of a metered connection with Johnston County Rural Water District No. 3. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $610,800 compared to traditional financing.

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December 19, 2023

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The Collinsville Municipal Authority receives $2,526,042 grant for system improvements

The Collinsville Municipal Authority receives $2,526,042 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Collinsville Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,526,042 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $2,425,000 in Cherokee Tribal matching funds.

The Authority owns and operates a water distribution system which serves the city of Collinsville. Currently customers experience low water pressure, quality issues, and water outages due to dead end lines. These proceeds will be used to install approximately 14,600 linear feet of 12-inch waterline to loop the water system together.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,915,900 compared to traditional financing.

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December 19, 2023

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Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, Inc. receives $2,000,000 grant from OWRB

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, Inc. receives $2,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (COHH) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) for the development of water and sewer infrastructure.  Construction to the water and sewer systems will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $373,168.92 in Habitat funds.

The COHH owns 160 acres where affordable housing is being constructed. These proceeds will be used to install water and sewer lines, sewer mains, and fifty-one manholes.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the COHH’s customers will save an estimated $3,108,600 compared to traditional financing.

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December 19, 2023

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Buffalo Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

Buffalo Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Buffalo Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town of Buffalo currently has one 30,000-gallon storage tank for water storage. These proceeds will be used to increase capacity by contructing a new storage tank and for the replacement of approximately 2,400 linear feet of waterline from Dobby Springs. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,553,200 compared to traditional financing.

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December 19, 2023

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The Atoka County No. 4 Rural Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Management District receives $750,000 grant for system improvements

The Atoka County No. 4 Rural Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Management District

receives $750,000 grant for system improvement

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Atoka County No. 4 Rural Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Management District, (District) received approval for $750,000 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $750,000 in local funds.

The District owns and operates a water treatment plant that is not currently meeting drinking water standards and is in need of more storage capacity. These proceeds will be used to construct a new top to the water standpipe which will add fifteen (15) vertical feet, to bore a watermain under the Boggy River, and for rehabilitation of the water treatment plant. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $1,166,100 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Wewoka Public Works Authority receives $1,450,913 in grant funding for system improvements

Wewoka Public Works Authority receives $1,450,913 in grant funding for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Wewoka Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,450,913 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  The first request of $450,913 will be funded through the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant (OSG) program. The second request for $1,000,000 will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority owns and operates a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) which serves the City of Wewoka. The system is experiencing inflow and infiltration (I/I) into their sewer collection system causing unpermitted discharges.The OSG grant proceeds will be used to conduct a Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study (SSES) to identify the inflow and infiltration (I/I) sources into the collection system and to prepare planning and design for the SSES recommendations. The Authority will then utilize the ARPA funds to make corrections as identified in the SSES including rehabilitation and replacement of sewer mains and manholes.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save a combined estimation of $2,381,700 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Wetumka Municipal Authority receives $76,551 grant for water system improvements

Wetumka Municipal Authority receives $76,551 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Wetumka Municipal Authority (Authority) in Hughes County received approval for a $76,551 Emergency Grant Thursday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority operates a water plant with three filters. One of these filters has failed due to a false floor's unsuccessful support. The bottom of the adjacent tank has allowed water to leak onto the plant floor. These proceeds will be used to install a new steel floor, new false door with holes for nozzles, and installation of new nozzles. The estimated cost of the project is $90,060 which will be funded by the Emergency grant requested of $76,551 along with $13,509 in local funds.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $142,400 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $7.0 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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November 30, 2023

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Warr Acres Public Works Authority receives $10,210,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

Warr Acres Public Works Authority receives $10,210,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Warr Acres Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $10,210,000 loan Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with $1,200,000 in local funds.

The Authority owns and operates a sanitary sewer collection system that is near the end of its useful life and therefore, experiencing inflow and infiltration (I/I) into the system. The Authority will utilize these proceeds to conduct a sanitary sewer evaluation study (SSES) of the entire system, complete an engineering evaluation of areas in need of cleaning, repair, rehabilitation, or replacement and design for components revealed through the SSES. Additionally, this project will include line and manhole replacement and rehabilition of a 21-inch interceptor. These improvements will address inflow and infiltration into the sewer collection system thereby reducing unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility and preventing unpermitted discharges from wet weather.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $4,983,900 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenue of the Authority’s sewer system and a one (1) cent sales tax. Representatives of the Authority included Mayor, Roger Godwin, Consulting Engineer, Marc Long, and Financial Advisor, John Wolff. Mr. Godwin stated, “This loan will put things into place and allow Warr Acres to focus on longevity. We would appreciate the Board’s approval.”

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November 30, 2023

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Town of Wanette receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

Town of Wanette receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Wanette (Town) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town owns and operates a water system that is addressing a disinfection byproducts issue caused by undersized, dilapidated water lines. These proceeds will be used to replace approximately 9,450 linear feet of waterlines with new 6-inch PVC pipe. This project will help to meet the public health goals for the state.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $1,637,400 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Town of Billings receives $912,650 grant for system improvements

Town of Billings receives $912,650 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Billings (Town) received approval for $912,650 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town has a water distribution system with aged waterlines which are failing. These proceeds will be used to replace approximately 4,965 linear feet of six-inch PVC line. This project will improve the system's reliability for their customers. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,497,600 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Town of Arkoma receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

Town of Arkoma receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Arkoma (Town) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s water and wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water and wastewater systems will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town owns and operates a public sanitary sewer and water distribution system which experiences a significant amount of inflow and infiltration due to aged mains and deteriorated manholes. These proceeds will be used to replace sewer mains and install a new water main on the south side of the Town.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,637,400 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Stonewall Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

Stonewall Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Stonewall Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority owns and operates a gravity sanitary sewer collection system to convey the municipal wastewater from the town to the treatment lagoons. A sanitary sewer evaluation study was completed identifying the entire collection system needs to be replaced. The Authority will utilize these proceeds to remove and replace gravity sewer mains starting at the lagoons and working upstream through the system.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,637,400 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Stillwater Utilities Authority receives $39,000,000 water system funding from OWRB

Stillwater Utilities Authority receives $39,000,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Stillwater Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $39,000,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  The first request was for $2,000,000 financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program. The second totaled $37,000,000 through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) of which $1,000,000 is made available as loan forgiveness, along with $4,266,692 in proceeds from a previous DWSRF loan, a Congressional Directed Spending Grant totaling $5,000,000, andlocal funds of $7,114,806.

The Authority owns and operates a water treatment plant that serves Stillwater and surrounding areas. The Authority will utilize the proceeds for water treatment plant (WTP) upgrades consisting of a new finished water pump station, a new recovery water pump station, and a new chemical building including lagoon improvements. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save a combined estimation of $15,741,000 compared to traditional financing. The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and electric systems and a one (1) cent sales tax. Representatives of the Authority included Engineering Manager of Water Utilities, David Barth, and Senior Project Manager, Chris Humes. Mr. Barth stated, “On behalf of the city, thank you for the consideration of this loan. Our water plant is 40 years old, and this project will help our community with its water needs.”

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November 30, 2023

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Shawnee Municipal Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for dam improvements

Shawnee Municipal Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for dam improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Shawnee Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s infrastructure. Planning and design of upgrades and improvements to the dam will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with two FEMA High Hazard Potential Dam Grants totaling $164,745. 

The Authorityowns and operates Shawnee City Lake No.1 dam which forms Shawnee City Lake No.1. This lake provides a raw water source to the City of Shawnee, with over 12,000 customers. The dam is currently in unsatisfactory condition according to the results of a geophysical study that was completed in April of 2023 which showed piping voids and dispersive soils on sections of the embankment. The proposed project includes the planning, design, and construction for repairing the downstream slope based on the full geophysical study. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,637,400 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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The Owasso Public Works Authority receives $1,041,000 grant for system improvements

The Owasso Public Works Authority receives $1,041,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Owasso Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,041,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $1,041,000 in local funds.

The Authority owns and operates a sanitary sewer system. The Elm Creek interceptor, which is a critical asset to the system, is deteriorating due to corrosion and hydrogen sulfide. The Authority will use these proceeds to rehabilitate approximately 5,000 linear feet (lf) of sanitary sewer pipe and 25 manholes. These improvements will address inflow and infiltration into the sewer collection system thereby reducing unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility and prevent unpermitted discharges from wet weather.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,709,100compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust receives $370,000 funding from OWRB

Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust receives $370,000 funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust (Trust) received approval for a $370,000 loan Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to conduct an emerging contaminant assessment. This process will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Trust owns and operates several wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in and around Oklahoma City and provides wastewater treatment for 1.4 million residents of central Oklahoma. This project is to assess emerging contaminants, specifically Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctyl Sulfonate (PFOS), in four of these WWTPs. The study will include evaluations of the current treatment process on concentrations of contaminants between influent and effluent by sampling data from biosolids testing, collection basins, and influent channels. Expected results will provide the best available technologies to reduce detrimental effects and develop an engineering report for each WWTP. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $487,000 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Nowata Municipal Authority receives $737,900 water system funding from OWRB

Nowata Municipal Authority receives $737,900 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Nowata Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $737,900 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) along with $1,150,000 from an OWRB Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant, $1,000,000 from a Cherokee Nation ARPA grant, and $836,000 from Indian Health Services.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds for construction of one (1) 0.5-million gallon composite water storage tower with an aeration system and upgraded water treatment plant high service pumps. These improvements will reduce the disinfectant byproduct levels in the distribution system. Disinfecting drinking water has reduced waterborne disease drastically. However, byproducts which may result from the disinfection can sometimes have unintended effects. Therefore, by addressing this issue, this project helps to meet the public health goals for the state.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,249,500 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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City of Muskogee receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

City of Muskogee receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Muskogee(City) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $2,000,000 in local funds.

The City has a raw water line that is past its life expectancy and needs to be replaced. These proceeds will be used to complete an assessment and survey on the raw waterline, construct a booster station, and add a back up generator at the water plant. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $3,278,200 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Minco Municipal Authority receives $842,713 grant for system improvements

Minco Municipal Authority receives $842,713 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Minco Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $842,713 Sewer Overflow & Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant (OSG) Thursday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. 

The Authority owns and operates a wastewater treatment collection system that is experiencing inflow and infiltration (I/I) isues. These proceeds will be used for planning and design of collection system improvements to address the I/I issue. Expected benefits from future project completion include a reduction of unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility and preventing unpermitted discharges from wet weather.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,371,800 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds.

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November 30, 2023

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Mangum Utilities Authority receives $999,999 funding from OWRB

Mangum Utilities Authority receives $999,999 funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Mangum Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $999,999 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water metering infrastructure. Upgrades to the system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to acquire new Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) water meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). This project helps to meet Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by focusing on water conservation and efficiency and reducing unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,708,699 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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The Jay Utilities Authority receives $10,600,000 water system funding from OWRB

The Jay Utilities Authority receives $10,600,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Jay Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $10,600,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’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 $800,000 will be in the form of loan forgiveness, and $2,000,000 from Indian Health Services.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to construct a two (2)-million gallons per day (MGD) water treatment plant which includes: one (1) rapid mix basin, two (2) 1.0-MGD pulsating clarifiers, four (4) 0.69-MGD declining rate cluster filters, three (3) 1.0-MGD high service pumps, and one (1) new chemical feed building. These improvements will ensure that the Authority continues to meet Surface Water Treatment Rule requirements and can provide an adequate supply of drinking water.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $6,160,000 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation, and gas systems and a one (1) cent sales tax, and a mortgage. The Jay Utilities Authority’s Chairman, Becki Farley, and Treasurer, Kay Pickup, attended the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application. Ms. Farley stated, “Our water plant is over 50 years old. The community of Jay appreciates the Board’s consideration of this project.”

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November 30, 2023

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Hughes County Rural Water District No. 6 receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

Hughes County Rural Water District No. 6 receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Hughes County Rural Water District No. 6 (District) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Thursday 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The District owns and operates a water distribution system with 2-inch water lines which is causing residents to experience inadequate water pressure during high demand times. The District will utilize the proceeds to replace 3.25 miles of 2-inch water lines with new 6-inch PVC pipe and to construct a new 100,000-gallon standpipe.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $1,637,400 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Enid Municipal Authority receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

Enid Municipal Authority receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Enid Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $3,186,000 in local funds.

The Authority owns and operates a water distribution system which includes a 30-inch raw water transmission line. The line is at the end of its life expectancy and is exposed at two creek crossings. The Authority will utilize these proceeds to lower the pipe depth at the two creek crossing to allow it to pass beneath the creek and to replace a 24-inch butterfly valve.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,278,200 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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City Of Clinton receives $1,262,382 grant for system improvements

City Of Clinton receives $1,262,382 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City Of Clinton (City) received approval for $1,262,382 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $1,262,382 in local funds.

The City owns and operates a water treatment plant (WTP) that is experiencing a chlorine gas leak which has damaged and corroded their filter equipment. These proceeds will be used to build a chlorine gas storage building to house new gas feed and storage equipment.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $2,072,600 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Cheyenne Utility Authority receives $739,703 water system funding from OWRB

Cheyenne Utility Authority receives $739,703 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Cheyenne Utility Authority (Authority) received approval for $739,703 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority’s existing water treatment plant filters are leaking and have reached their useful life. These proceeds will be used to replace the plant filters, reducing potential contamination.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,248,903 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Bryan County No. 2 Rural Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Management District receives $4,791,667 grant for system improvements

Bryan County No. 2 Rural Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Management District receives $4,791,667 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Bryan County No. 2 Rural Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Management District (District) received approval for $4,791,667 in funding Thursday 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $4,600,000 in Choctaw Tribal matching funds, and local funds of $500,000.

The District owns and operates a water system where there is a significant need to increase water supply to meet the current demand. The District will utilize the proceeds to drill a new water well, construct 23,000 feet of 12-inch water main, a 500,000–gallon water tower, a new SpiraCone upflow clarifier unit, and new building to house additional filtration units.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $7,857,700 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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The Boise City Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

The Boise City Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Boise City Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s Wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority has aging sewer lines and manholes that run the risk of failing. These proceeds will be used to replace the inadequate sewer lines and manholes.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,637,400 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Arnett Public Facilities Authority receives $997,000 water system funding from OWRB

Arnett Public Facilities Authority receives $997,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Arnett Public Facilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $997,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) along with $100,000 from an Oklahoma Rural Water Association Rural Infrastructure Grant.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace deteriorated 2-inch and 4-inch cast iron lead jointed lines with new PVC and polyethylene lines in the City of Arnett. This project will reduce potential contamination and lead in the drinking water thereby improving human health and environment.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,658,900 compared to traditional financing.

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November 30, 2023

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Altus Municipal Authority receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

Altus Municipal Authority receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Altus Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Thursday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $3,736,312 in funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authorityhas a wastewater collection system that is aging and experiencing inflow and infiltration (I/I) issues. A sanitary sewer evaluation study (SSES) was conducted to locate the primary sources of the I/I. The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace approximately 44 manholes, replace approximately 11,170 linear feet (lf) of 18-inch PVC pipe, pipe burst approximately 4,400 lf of 15-inch HDPE pipe, remove and replace asphalt, provide traffic control, and perform by-pass and pumping. These improvements will address the I/I into the sewer collection system thereby reducing unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility and preventing unpermitted discharges from wet weather.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,278,200 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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Town of Kenefic receives $600,000 grant for system improvements

Town of Kenefic receives $600,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Kenefic (Town) received approval for $600,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town operates a water distribution system consisting of two active wells and a standpipe. One of the wells is inoperable and the Town is supplementing its emergency water supply from a nearby rural water district. These proceeds will be used to drill a new water well and for construction of a new waterline to the standpipe. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $992,800 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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Town of Clayton receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

Town of Clayton receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Clayton (Town) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Townowns and operates a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) where recent improvements were made to the pipes between the primary and secondary lagoons. These proceeds will be used to further improve the lagoon system, replace sewer lines and manholes, service connections, and complete surface repair.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,633,900 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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Stilwell Area Development Authority receives $7,198,438 grant for system improvements

Stilwell Area Development Authority receives $7,198,438 grant for system improvements 

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Stilwell Area Development Authority (Authority) received approval for $7,198,438 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $7,210,000 in Cherokee Tribal Matching Funds, and $8,159,000 from Indian Health Services.

The Authority has aging water and wastewater infrastructure and insufficient capacity during peak demand. These proceeds will be used to construct a new flow equalization basin, a new pump station, and to improve the water treatment plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $11,770,900 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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The Seiling Public Works Authority receives $2,650,000 loan from the OWRB for water and wastewater system improvements

The Seiling Public Works Authority receives $2,650,000 loan from the OWRB for water and wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Seiling Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $2,650,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use the proceeds for expansion of their water and sewer system into a newly developed area. Funds will also be used for the refinancing of a 2013 FAP loan which was for extending water and sewer service to a commercial area, and water service to the north side of town. 

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $421,400 over the life of the 18-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation, and gas systems, a two-cent sales tax, and a mortgage. Seiling’s City Manager, Skylar Sander, stated, “Seiling appreciates the Board’s consideration of this loan.”

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October 17, 2023

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Sayre Public Works Authority $950,000 loan from OWRB

Sayre Public Works Authority $950,000 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Sayre Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $950,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water metering infrastructure. Upgrades to the system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to acquire and install 1,700 automatic-read water meters and cans. This project focuses on water conservation and efficiency by identifying water loss and increasing water system usage accuracy. These benefits will help meet Oklahoma's Water for 2060 goals.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,507,100 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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The Poteau Valley Improvement Authority receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

The Poteau Valley Improvement Authority receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Poteau Valley Improvement Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $1,247,000 in LeFlore County American Rescue Plan Act funds, and $2,746,000 from local funds.

The Authority will use these proceeds to construct new backwash stations, a 0.350 MGD clearwell with modified and relocated distribution pumps and Cl2 chemical feed, and a new belt press with sludge feed pumps and polymer feed system. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,276,700 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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Ponca City Utility Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

Ponca City Utility Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Ponca City Utility Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water and wastewater infrastructure.  The study, planning, and construction of upgrades and improvements to the systems will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $1,000,000 in local funds.

The Authority is in need of a new method for raw water delivery, lead and copper service line master inventory to identify lines for replacement, and rehabilitation of approximately 5,500 linear feet (LF) of 8-inch sanitary sewer lines. These proceeds will be used to conduct a review and analysis for the raw water intake lines, develop a sampling plan to determine potential hazardous services lines, and rehabilitate or replace 5,500 LF of 8-inch sanitary sewer line, and twenty-five (25) manholes.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,633,900compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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Nowata Municipal Authority receives $1,197,917 grant for system improvements

Nowata Municipal Authority receives $1,197,917 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Nowata Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,197,917 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $1,150,000 in Cherokee Tribal matching funds, and $847,100 from Indian Health Services.

The Authority will use these funds for the construction of a main ground storage tank and replacement of the old system.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,867,900.00 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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Norman Utilities Authority receives $830,000 loan from OWRB

Norman Utilities Authority receives $830,000 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Norman Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for a $830,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to conduct an emerging contaminant assessment. This process will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority operates a wastewater treatment facility with anaerobic digestion of waste sludge and a yard waste recycling program. The Authority wants to better understand where contaminants of emerging concern end up within their process. These proceeds will be used to conduct a study for contaminants of emerging concern from land application sites. This study will consist of a 12-month sampling and testing to determine if co-composting will remove contaminants from the wastewater. With the Authority having multiple land application sites, this has the potential to reduce contaminants at the Canadian River and Bishop Creek.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,066,300 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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Newcastle Public Works Authority receives $3,300,000 loan from OWRB

Newcastle Public Works Authority receives $3,300,000 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Newcastle Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $3,300,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority’s current water meters are not functioning properly, contributing to overall system inefficiency, and increased unmetered water loss. These proceeds will be used to replace approximately 5,200 meters with automative metering analytic meters, about 750-meter boxes, and a cellular based automated metering analytics system. This project helps to meet Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by focusing on water conservation and efficiency and reducing unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $449,700 over the life of the 10-year loan compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems along with a two (2) cents sales tax. The Authority was represented by Stuart England, bond counsel, and Jeff Bryant, local counsel. Mr. England stated, “Receiving this loan is an important aspect for the city of Newcastle. This project is essential.”

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October 17, 2023

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City of Midwest City receives $2,000,000 grant from OWRB

City of Midwest City receives $2,000,000 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –City of Midwest City (City) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB). These proceeds will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $2,964,449 in local funds.

The Cityis working toward sustainability planning for its water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure as the City grows. The proposed project is to develop a Master Plan for the City’s infrastructure and to construct two twelve (12) inch water pipelines. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $3,276,700 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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The Miami Special Utility Authority receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

The Miami Special Utility Authority receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Miami Special Utility Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $2,000,000 in local funds. 

The Authority’s drinking water system includes approximately 130 miles of cast iron and PVC waterlines, nine (9) active wells, four (4) elevated towers, and two (2) ground storage tanks. These proceeds will be used to construct a new 300,0000-gallon elevated water storage tank, make improvements to the disinfection system, and add a water line extension to loop two dead ends within the system. This project will improve water pressure for customers of the Authority and improve disinfection residuals.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,027,900 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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The Lawton Water Authority receives $30,000,000 water system funding from OWRB

The Lawton Water Authority receives $30,000,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Lawton Water Authority (Authority) received approval for $30,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds for city wide water line replacement. This project will ensure that water pressure is maintained for customers of the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $4,585,300 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems.Director of Field Utilities, Rusty Whisenhunt, stated, “Thank you for this opportunity. This project is phase one of three. Rehabilitation started in 2019 and will replace 125 miles of line within the water system when complete”.

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October 17, 2023

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Henryetta Municipal Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for dam improvements

Henryetta Municipal Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for dam improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Henryetta Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s infrastructure.  Planning and design and improvements to the dams will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority owns and maintains two dams at Jim Hall Lake and Nichols Lake. The Nichols Lake spillway is in need of repair due to a collapsed headwall of the box culvert structure and several cracks in the retaining wall. As a non-point source pollution, failure of this dam could threaten the water quality of Coal Creek downstream of Nichols Lake. Jim Hall Lake is the primary water supply for the City of Henryetta. The dam's spillway is in need of repair due to corrosion and loss of subgrade material caused by deteriorated culverts beneath the roadway. The lack of an adequate spillway could result in the failure of the dam and loss of water supply should a severe rainfall occur which would erode the dam. 

The Authority will utilize these proceeds for planning and design of the Nichols Lake spillway repairs and construction of the Jim Hall Lake spillway repairs.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,633,900 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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The Frederick Public Works Authority receives $900,000 grant for system improvements

The Frederick Public Works Authority receives $900,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Frederick Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $900,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority’s water treatment plant (WTP) is in need of adequate water storage and a waterline for transference to the distributing plant. These proceeds will be used to replace the existing twelve-inch waterline from the WTP to the distribution plant and refurbish an existing 500,000-gallon elevated storage tank.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,467,600 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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The Fletcher Public Works Authority receives $999,999 water system funding from OWRB

The Fletcher Public Works Authority receives $999,999 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Fletcher Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $999,999 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) along with a $200,000 bank loan and $150,079 in local funds.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to construct a new water well to replace a failed well. This improvement will provide an adequate supply of drinking water to the Authority's customers.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,582,299 compared to traditional financing.

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October 17, 2023

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The Duncan Public Utilities Authority receives $13,305,000 for water system and dam improvement from OWRB

The Duncan Public Utilities Authority receives $13,305,000 for****water system and dam improvement from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Duncan Public Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for a $13,305,000 in loan funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB). The first request for $9,200,000 was financed by the Financial Assistance Program (FAP) with a second request totaling $4,105,000 funded through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the FAP proceeds to replace a two-million-gallon standpipe with a one-million-gallon composite elevated tank. Additionally, the Authority owns and maintains the Clear Creek Lake dam where the downstream slope is in poor condition. To correct the problem, CWSRF funds will be used to re-grade the downstream slope after placing a blanket drain to control seepage and mitigate piping concerns. The embankment rehabilitation will reduce the likelihood of future dam failures and help protect the downstream water quality.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save a combined estimation of $5,061,100 over the life of the two loans compared to traditional financing. The loans will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation, and electric systems along with a one cent sales tax. The Authority’s engineer, Colin Young, and Jennifer Wasinger from Freese and Nichols attended the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application. Ms. Wasinger stated, “Duncan appreciates the opportunity to work with the Board on these important projects for the city as they work hard to upgrade the entire water system.”

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October 17, 2023

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Copan Public Works Authority receives $85,000 grant for water system improvements

Copan Public Works Authority receives $85,000 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Copan Public Works Authority (Authority) in Washington County received approval for a $85,000 Emergency Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority's primary water source has experienced lake levels that have dropped approximately six (6) to eight (8) feet and the current intake structure has an increase of mud and sediment that needs to be removed. These proceeds will be used to install a temporary floating intake and by-pass line, remove sediment from the wet well, modify intake piping to set pumps lower in the wet well, and allow removal of pumps.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $174,700 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.9 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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October 17, 2023

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Alva Utility Authority receives $5,835,000 loan from the OWRB for water improvements

Alva Utility Authority receives $5,835,000 loan from the OWRB for water improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Alva Utility Authority (Authority) received approval for a $5,835,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB).

The Authority will use these proceeds to replace its ground storage tank at the well field with a new 500,000-gallon tank, approximately 11,150 feet of 6-inch water main, 1,800 linear feet of 10-inch water main, and for a telemetry system. 

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,155,900 over the life of the30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems and a mortgage. Alva’s City Manager, Stephen Ford, stated, “The ground water storage tank being replaced was built in 1942. This project is essential.”

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September 19, 2023

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Woodward Municipal Authority receives $100,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Woodward Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $100,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure and will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $154,000 in local funds. 

The Authority owns and operates a wastewater system that needs to increase capacity. These proceeds will be used to reimburse the Authority for sludge removal of their lagoons. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $176,300.00 compared to traditional financing.

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September 19, 2023

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Weleetka Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for dam improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Weleetka Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s infrastructure. Planning and design and construction of upgrades and improvements to the dam will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

Weleetka Lake is currently the sole source of raw water supply for the customers of the Authority. The concrete spillway and concrete outlet channel or flume of the lake's dam is in need of repair. The proposed project will be phased. Phase I is for the planning and design of the concrete spillway structure repair. Phase II will be the reconstruction of the concrete spillway chute, construction of a temporary coffer dam, and a construction access road to the base of the dam.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,588,000.00 compared to traditional financing.

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September 19, 2023

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Town of Boley receives $1,153,846 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Boley (Town) received approval for $1,153,846 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s water and wastewater infrastructure.  The master plan design and improvements to the water and wastewater systems will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town’swater and wastewater systems are aging and beginning to experience failures at the lift stations, manholes, water wells, and the wastewater lagoon. The proposed project is to create a water and wastewater master plan to determine the most impactful projects that can be completed with the available ARPA funding. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,847,146.00 compared to traditional financing.

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September 19, 2023

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Owasso Public Works Authority receives $9,000,000 loan from the OWRB for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Owasso Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $9,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority’s Elm Creek interceptor is deteriorating, the 117th force main needs replaced, and the Rock Creek interceptor needs improvements. These proceeds will be used to rehabilitate 5,000 linear feet (lf) of sewer line using cured in place pipe method at the Elm Creek interceptor, along with rehabilitating twenty-five (25) manholes, and replacing 5,935 lf of 15-inch gravity sewer line to 24-inch line.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $2,585,900 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation systems, and the Bailey Ranch Golf Club, and a two (2) cent sales tax. The Authority’s Finance Director, Carly Novozinsky, stated, “Thank you for this opportunity and consideration.”

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September 19, 2023

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Oklahoma Panhandle State University receives $163,840 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Oklahoma Panhandle State University (University) received approval for $163,840 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the University’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The University’s waterwell and water lines that provide drinking water for students, staff, and visitors on campus is in need of repair to increase water pressure. These proceeds will be used to replace the existing water well and water lines with new high-quality line.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the University’s savings will be an estimated $273,740.00 compared to traditional financing.

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September 19, 2023

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Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust receives $53,938,500 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust (Trust) received approval for a $53,938,500 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Trust’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Trust will utilize the proceeds for improvements to wastewater lift station number 36 and the Deer Creek wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) biosolids and odor control management, electrical improvements, and aeration system improvements. At the North Canadian WWTP proceeds are for disinfection and dechlorination improvements and diffuser replacement. Additionally, the Trust was approved for a project addressing nonpoint source pollution under the Board’s Sponsorship program. This project will focus on the decommissioning of septic systems in the Lake Overholser watershed by connecting those individual homes to the Trust’s sewer system. The OWRB Sponsorship Program is designed to address a water quality issue or initiative which must be approved under the state’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan (NPSM). The Sponsorship model allows for a nonpoint source project to receive a reduced interest rate when paired with traditional or non-traditional State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan funded projects. This project will maintain the standards of effluent into North Canadian River and Deer Creek. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, acknowledged a key benefit for the Water Utilities Trust is they can lock into low interest rates and draw the money as needed which provides planning flexibility. The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems.The Trust’s Business Manager, Vanessa Aguilar, stated, “Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust would like to thank the Board for its consideration in funding through the CWSRF program. We appreciate the collaboration with OWRB and the Financial Assistance Division staff.”

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September 19, 2023

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Lawton Water Authority receives $30,000,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Lawton Water Authority (Authority) received approval for a $30,000,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority will be using these proceeds to perform an overall major replacement of sewer lines, manholes, and valves throughout the wastewater system. This will take place in phases for the next several years targeting the high-maintenance lines. This first phase will replace 125 miles of line and manholes. The current system is experiencing sanitary sewer overflows and backups causing frequent disruptions in the system leading to mounting repair costs. The line replacement will help eliminate sanitary sewer overflows while continuing to protect the local watershed from future degradation.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $7,172,000 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems. The Authority’s Director of Public Utilities, Rusty Whisenhunt, stated, “Thank you for the opportunity to come to the Board. This is the first phase of three and the next step in Lawton’s sewer rehabilitation program.”

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September 19, 2023

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Guthrie Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Guthrie Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $1,007,408.96 in local funds.

The Authoritymaintains and operates a public water supply system for the residents of Guthrie. These proceeds will be used to replace several of the existing water mains with new PVC C900 water mains.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,588,000 compared to traditional financing.

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September 19, 2023

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Garfield County Rural Water District No. 6 receives $2,240,000 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Garfield County Rural Water District No. 6 (District) received approval for $2,240,000 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 a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The District will utilize the proceeds for the construction of one (1) 360-gallon per minute (gpm) iron and manganese water treatment plant and the construction of one (1) 200-gpm water well. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $3,559,200 compared to traditional financing.

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September 19, 2023

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Broken Arrow Municipal Authority receives $20,750,000 loan from the OWRB for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Broken Arrow Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $20,750,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use the proceeds for design of the Haikey Creek wastewater treatment plant, to evaluate the alternatives for the Haikey Creek lift station expansion, rehabilitate sewer infrastructure in the Melinda Park neighborhood, to replace sewer lines in Camino Village, install 5,300 linear feet (lf) gravity sewer line and 3,400 lf of force main, install a new 1.1 million gallon per day submersible duplex lift station for a new development, and for design as well as property costs for the Cambridge lift station improvements. 

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $443,600 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems and a one cent sales tax.The Authority’s Finance Director, Cindy Arnold, stated, “Broken Arrow appreciates everything OWRB does with the City and has completed some great projects with the help of OWRB.”

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August 15, 2023

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Waukomis Public Works Authority receives $165,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Waukomis Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $165,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The planning and design to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with $55,000in local funds.

The Authority has a sanitary sewer main and lift station in need of rehabilitation. These proceeds will be used for the studies, tests, planning and design, and engineering required to address these issues. Proposed improvements will enhance wastewater system functionality for the Authority and improve discharge into Hackberry Creek.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $259,900 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Warner Utilities Authority receives $173,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Warner Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for a $173,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  The planning and design to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) is in need of improvement. These proceeds will be used for the planning, design, and engineering of this project. Proposed improvements would enhance the wastewater system functionality for the Authority and improve discharge to Howland Creek.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $267,300 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Stigler Municipal Improvements Authority receives $417,230 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Stigler Municipal Improvements Authority (Authority) received approval for a $417,230 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The planning and design to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). 

The Authority has been experiencing inflow and infiltration (I/I) in their collection system. These proceeds will be used for a system-wide sanitary sewer evaluation study (SSES), engineering review of the study, and an engineering report outlining correction. Improvements to the collection system would reduce or eliminate bypasses and reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $670,130 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Sperry Utility Service Authority receives $302,500 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Sperry Utility Service Authority (Authority) received approval for a $302,500 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The planning and design to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority has been experiencing inflow and infiltration (I/I) in their collection system. These proceeds will be used for a system-wide sanitary sewer evaluation study (SSES), engineering review of the study, and an engineering report outlining correction. Improvements to the collection system would reduce or eliminate bypasses and reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $465,800 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Seminole Municipal Authority receives $439,076 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Seminole Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $439,076 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The planning and design to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority is seeking to identify areas within the sanitary sewer collection system which are in need of improvement. These proceeds will be used to conduct a sanitary sewer evaluation survey (SSES) in order to locate areas experiencing inflow and infiltration. Improvements to the collection system would reduce or eliminate bypasses and reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $537,176.00 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Pawnee Public Works Authority receives $1,575,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Pawnee Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $1,575,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with $8,057,132.45 in Financial Assistance Loan (FAP) program funds. 

The Authority has a wastewater treatment system in need of rehabilitation. These proceeds will be used to replace and improve the mechanical bar screen, various pumps, aerators, gravity thickeners, electrical system, controls and instrumentation, valves, and construct a new retaining wall to address hill slippage. These improvements are necessary to provide adequate treatment to satisfy discharge limits.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $389,800 over the life of the 20-year loan compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, electric, sewer, and sanitation systems, a 1.5% sales tax, and a mortgage. Pawnee's Mayor and Authority Chair, Alice Cottle, and consulting engineer, Matt Coe, attended the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application. Ms. Cottle stated, “Pawnee is grateful for the funding received in the past and appreciates the consideration of this request.”

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August 15, 2023

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Oklahoma Conservation Commission receives $300,000 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Conservation Commission (Commission) received approval for a $300,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to address a nonpoint source concern of septic systems identified across the state. Construction of upgrades and improvements will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with $40,000 in alternate funding.

The Commission has identified several septic systems that have issues with discharge of sewage to the surface or have been inundated by flood waters. These systems have been identified as a nonpoint source contaminant and water quality concerns by the OCC. The purpose of the project is to replace the current septic systems with aerobic systems or to remove the septic system and connect to a public wastewater treatment system when feasible. Replacing failing septic systems helps protect groundwater from contamination, ultimately protecting local streams, rivers, and lakes.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Commission’s customers will save an estimated $478,600 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Newkirk Municipal Authority receives $2,100,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Newkirk Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $2,100,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority operates a wastewater collection system that has an existing pump and piping at the lift station that is in need of repair. These proceeds will be used to rehabilitate the pump station with new pumps and piping, and replace a mechanical bar screen. This project will allow the Authority to enhance its capacity to handle the wastewater flow more reliably and efficiently to reduce the likelihood of overflows. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $824,800 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation, and electric systems, a 2% sales tax, and a mortgage. City Manager, Ryan Smykil, and consulting engineer, Matt Coe, attended the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application. Mr. Smykil stated, “Thank you for the funding consideration. This is an important project for our town as it is the last in a series of lift station improvements.”

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August 15, 2023

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Newcastle Public Works Authority receives $51,819,144 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Newcastle Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $51,819,144 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority operates an activated sludge wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) where several components are in need of replacement. These proceeds will be used to construct a new WWTF which will include a force main connecting the old and new WWTFs, a new force main to discharge from the new facility, new headworks with screen and grit removal, an influent lift station, UV disinfection, sludge press, an effluent lift station, cascade aeration, blowers, flow control and measurement, stormwater holding and return, and an administration building. This project will allow the Authority to expand their wastewater treatment and relocate their discharge point to meet water quality standards for their new permit requirements.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $23,318,600 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems and a 2-cent sales tax.Newcastle Public Works Authority’s officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included City Clerk and attorney to the City Manager, Camille Dowers, and Stuart England, the Authority’s bond counsel. Mr. England stated, “(In Newcastle) … growth is strong and consistent, and this is a critical infrastructure piece to our plan. We thank the Board for consideration.”

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August 15, 2023

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Minco Municipal Authority receives $370,517 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Minco Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $370,517 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The planning and design to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with $123,505.50 in local funds.

The Authority’s wastewater treatment system (WWTS) is in need of improvement. These proceeds will be used for the planning, design, and engineering of this project. Proposed improvements would enhance the wastewater system functionality for the Authority and improve discharge to Buggy Creek.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $594,817 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Idabel Public Works Authority receives $870,700 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Idabel Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $870,700 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  The planning and design to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority needs to make improvements to their wastewater treatment plant to make the facility more efficient and cost effective and provide capacity to address future growth. These proceeds will be used for the planning and design of the proposed improvements.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,329,900 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Town of Ringling receives $57,425 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Town of Ringling (Town) in Jefferson County received approval for a $57,425 Emergency Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Town owns and operates a wastewater treatment facility consisting of five lagoons and one lift station. The two submersible pumps at the lift station are currently inoperable. The pumps were replaced and soon after became inoperable a second time. It has been determined there is an electrical surge issue from the power source which is causing this occurrence. The proposed project is to install new pumps with VFD voltage protection, install other electrical surge protection devices, and to clean the wet well for full restoration of pumping capacity. The estimated cost of the project is $67,559 which will be funded by the Emergency Grant of $57,425.15 and $10,133.85 in local funds.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Town’s customers $110,500 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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August 15, 2023

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City of Bethany receives $100,000 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The City of Bethany (City) in Oklahoma County received approval for a $100,000 Emergency Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water infrastructure.

During a recent high rainfall event, the City experienced significant reductions in the water elevation of a water tower. It was discovered that stormwater had caused the arched corrugated metal pipe beneath a waterline to fail at the intersection of NW 23rd Street and Council Road. This event washed the surrounding soil downstream, leaving the waterline unsupported which resulted in a line break. These proceeds will be used to repair the waterline, install an arched, reinforced concrete pipe from the junction box to the damaged joint of the stormwater system, install a concrete collar around the new arch pipe and the existing corrugated metal pipe, and fill in the washout caused by the breach. The estimated cost of the project is $278,658.52 which will be funded by the requested emergency grant of $100,000 and local funds of $178,658.52.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $174,300 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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August 15, 2023

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Davis Municipal Authority receives $750,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Davis Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $750,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  The planning and design to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with $250,000in local funds.

The Authority is seeking to identify areas within the sanitary sewer collection system which are in need of improvement. These proceeds will be used to conduct a city-wide sanitary sewer evaluation survey (SSES) in order to locate areas experiencing inflow and infiltration. Improvements to the collection system would reduce or eliminate bypasses and reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treament facility. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $936,700.00 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Breckinridge Public Works Authority receives $69,500 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Breckinridge Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $69,500 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  The planning and design to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority has two lagoon cells in need of rehabilitation. These proceeds will be used for engineering fees for the planning and design of the rehabilitation of the lagoon dikes. These improvements are necessary to protect the dike slopes from deterioration due to wave action to avoid a breach.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $139,600 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Welch Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Welch Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to correct bypasses at the main lift station and to replace 4,600 linear feet (lf) of sewer line. The estimated cost of the project will be $1,018,000 funded by $1,000,000 of the ARPA grant and $18,000 in local funds.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,580,400 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Town of Lima receives $1,153,846 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Town of Lima (Town) received approval for $1,153,846 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town has storm water and sanitary sewer issues. This proposed project is to find solutions for undersized culverts, add new ones where needed, and replace sanitary sewer lines.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,820,400 compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Thomas receives $420,901 grant for water and wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Thomas (City) received approval for $420,901 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water and wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water and wastewater systems will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The City’s water supply wells and facilities are unmonitored which requires physical inspection. Additionally, a new housing development is being constructed and will require water and sewer infrastructure. These proceeds will be used to install a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition control system (SCADA) and water and sewer lines to the new housing development. The estimated cost of the projects is $538,011.46, which will be funded by the ARPA grant of $420,901.46, a SWODA REAP grant of $75,000, and local funds of $42,110.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $658,200compared to traditional financing.

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August 15, 2023

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Oklahoma Industries Authority receives $8,000,000 grant for OKC 577 infrastructure

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Oklahoma Industries Authorty (Authority) received approval for $8,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) water and wastewater infrastructure. Construction will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority is currently overseeing the development of the OKC 577 property which will be the largest industrial park in Oklahoma City. These procees will be used to install approximately 5,700 linear feet (LF) of 12-inch water main, and three 10-inch sanitary sewer mains.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $12,596,500 compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Talihina Public Works Authority receives $99,999 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Talihina Public Works Authority (Authority) in LeFlore County received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use these proceeds to conduct a sanitary sewer inflow and infiltration (I&I) study to analyze the entire sewer system. Projects resulting from this study could reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant and reduce inflow and infiltration for community residents and businesses in and near the Authority. The estimated cost of the project is $99,999 which is the amount of the OWRB REAP Grant requested.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $183,100 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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July 18, 2023

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Fort Supply Public Works Authority receives $150,000 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Fort Supply Public Works Authority (Authority) in Woodward County received approval for a $150,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use these proceeds to replace sanitary sewer lines and brick manholes. These improvements will help to reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant and improve inflow and infiltration for community reidents and businesses in and near the Authority. The estimated cost of the project is $150,000 which is the requested amount of the grant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $234,900 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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July 18, 2023

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Copan Public Works Authority receives $91,500 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Copan Public Works Authority (Authority) in Washington County received approval for a $91,500 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority will use these proceeds to replace the chemical feed system and modify the effluent piping to improve chlorine contact time within the plant. The estimated cost of the project is $91,500 which is the amount of the requested OWRB REAP grant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $169,200 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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July 18, 2023

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Bromide Public Works Authority receives $99,999 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Bromide Public Works Authority (Authority) in Johnston County received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use these proceeds to rehabilitate the existing lift station with new pumps and controls and repair leaks to manholes. These improvements will help to reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant and improve inflow and infiltraton for community residents and businesses in and near the Authority. The estimated cost of the project is $99,999 which is the amount of the OWRB REAP grant requested.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $183,100 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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July 18, 2023

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Rogers County Rural Water District No. 3 receives $20,000,000 loan from the OWRB for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rogers County Rural Water District No. 3 (District) received approval for a $20,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.

The District will use the proceeds to construct two new elevated composite storage tanks; one in the Tacora area and one in the Keetonville area. The project will include approximately 1,200 linear feet (LF) of 18” PVC water line in the Tacora area, electrical, telemetry and controls for both tanks, and a total of approximately 2,400 LF of 8’ chain link fence for both tank areas.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the District’s customers will save an estimated $5,484,600 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a senior parity lien on the revenues of the District’s water system. The local official who attended the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application was District Manager, Rick Stull. Mr. Stull stated, “On behalf of the Northeastern part of Oklahoma and Rogers No. 3, the Board’s consideration of this loan is appreciated.”

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July 18, 2023

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Harrah Public Works Authority receives $10,000,000 loan from the OWRB for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Harrah Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $10,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority is experiencing an increase in population and commercial business growth. To meet demand, improvements to and expansion of the sewer collection system, in two targeted areas of Harrah, are being addressed. These funds will be used to install approximately 19,500 linear feet (LF) of sanitary sewer main with manholes, replace 5,870 LF of force main, and retrofit one lift station on the Harrah Road Corridor. Additionally, another project will install approximately 14,950 LF of sanitary sewer main with manholes, replace 3,800 LF of force main, and retrofit two lift stations on the NE 23rd Corridor. 

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,924,600 over the life of the 29-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a senior parity lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems, a 3-cent sales tax, and a mortgage.The local official attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application was Harrah Mayor, Danny Trent. Mr. Trent stated, “Thank you for considering the need of Harrah. Significant growth is expected over the next 5-10 years. The NE 23rd Corridor project is closing a gap for business development and the project on the Harrah Road Corridor is a much-needed upgrade.”

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July 18, 2023

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Claremore Public Works Authority receives $28,000,000 loan from the OWRB for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Claremore Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $28,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.

The Authority will use these proceeds for upgrades to its water treatment plant. The proposed project will include the demolition of the current raw water pump station, maintenance shop, and solids handling building and basin. Additionally, a new water treatment plant, to include a permanganate pre-oxidation mix tank for enhanced coagulation, low lift pump improvements, greensand filtration, and chemical systems, will be constructed.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $521,100 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems and a 1% sales tax. Local officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included Claremore Assistant City Manager, Stan Brown, Director of Finance, Suzan Maloy, and City Engineer, Garrett Ball. Mr. Brown stated, “Thank you for this opportunity. Claremore has seen tremendous growth and is need of these improvements for the system and users going forward.”

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July 18, 2023

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Chickasha Municipal Authority receives $72,000,000 loan from the OWRB for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Chickasha Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $72,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.

The Authority will use these proceeds to upgrade its existing water system for continued service to the community. The project includes the installation of new drum intake screens, raw water pumps with variable frequency drives to improve efficiency, new water lines, for modification and improvements to the holding pond, upgrades to the raw water pond pumps, and construction of a new water treatment plant.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $19,777,100 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems, and a potential 1.25 cent sales tax. Representatives of the Authority attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting included Chickasha Mayor, Chris Mosley, and City Manager, Keith Johnson. Mr. Mosley shared, “There are many high utility demands which will dramatically change Chickasha. With an increase in visitor traffic, permit requests, and the trend of state growth pushing out from the metro areas, Chickasha is picking up more users.”

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July 18, 2023

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Bristow Municipal Authority receives $2,800,000 loan from the OWRB for water and wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Bristow Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $2,800,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use these proceeds to install water and sewer lines to the north side of Bristow, add fire hydrants, manholes, and a pump station to complete the project. These improvements will ensure water pressure and sanitary sewer operation is maintained for residents and businesses within the Authority.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $729,800 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems, a 4-cent sales tax, and a mortgage.Local officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included Mayor’s Assistant, Steve Gilbert, and Vice-Mayor, Judd Johns. Mr. Gilbert stated, “Bristow is experiencing a lot of activity. The Mayor and Authority thank the Board for their support in helping to prepare Bristow’s north side for Turner Turnpike changes.”

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July 18, 2023

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Porter Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Porter Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $1,000,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with an EPA grant in the amount of $827,000, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $563,044.75, and an Indian Health Services grant in the amount of $204,000.

The Authority will use these proceeds to construct a new disinfection facility, install aeration equipment in the oxidation ditch, add flow measurement devices and a wet weather lift station and install yard piping. These improvements will provide additional water quality infrastructure to address disinfection and aeration for residents and businesses in and near the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,788,600 compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Pawhuska Public Works Authority receives $580,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Pawhuska Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $580,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). 

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace pumps, pipes, controls, and add a back up power supply to the 8th street lift station. These improvements will address inflow and infiltration into the sewer collection system thereby reducing unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility and preventing unpermitted discharges from wet weather.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $890,700 compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Jay Utilities Authority receives $1,281,329 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Jay Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for a $1,281,329 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water and gas metering infrastructure.  Upgrades to the system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority supplies water and gas to their customers. The current metering process is a drive-by automatic meter reading (AMR) end-point system which reads both water and gas usage. These proceeds will be used to update the the AMR to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) which will allow portal access to users for the monitoring of usage, to recognize potential leaks, and to encourage conservative consumption practices. The proposed project is to replace 1,166 water meters and 616 gas meters with the AMI system. These steps will help to meet Oklahoma's Water for 2060 goals by focusing on water conservation and efficiency and reducing unintended flows to the wastewater plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,825,600 compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Hugo Municipal Authority receives $1,276,941 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Hugo Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $1,276,941 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water metering infrastructure.  Upgrades to the system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with $803,058.77 in local funds.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to acquire and install approximately 2,377 automatic meters, replace approximately 2,100 meter boxes and approximately 250 risers, setters, and lids and install Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). AMI will allow portal access to users for the monitoring of usage, to recognize potential leaks, and to encourage conservative consumption practices. These steps will help to meet Oklahoma's Water for 2060 goals by focusing on water conservation and efficiency and reducing unintended flows to the wastewater plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,990,841 compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Healdton Municipal Authority receives $541,721 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Healdton Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $541,721 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with $180,573 in local funds.

The Authority operates a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) which uses a two-cell activated sludge extended aeration process. These proceeds will be used to rehabilitate several components of the WWTP. Projects will include the construction of a new sludge drying bed system, installation of 12" PVC piping and a 12" check valve for the new sludge drying bed system, retrofit of the walkways in the aerobic digesters, and to constuct a new inlet pad for the emergency holding pond. These improvements will ensure proper management of wastewater sludge.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $850,221 compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Big Cabin Public Works Authority receives $926,286 wastewater loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Big Cabin Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $926,286 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority will utilize these proceeds to relocate the force main by installing approximately 11,000 linear feet (LF) of 6-inch force main piping directly to the existing wastewater treatment facility. These improvements will help to alleviate the load on the current gravity system by increasing capacity and implementing diversion, improving community conditions, and decreasing unintended discharge and overflows.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,430,700 compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Town of Taft receives $1,153,846 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Taft (Town) received approval for $1,153,846 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town will use these proceeds to install a dedicated line to the recirculation-aeration pump for the standpipe, replace water lines, gate valves, fire hydrants, service connections, and perform surface repair.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,769,000 compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Longtown Rural Water & Sewer District No. 1 receives $1,000,000 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Longtown Rural Water & Sewer District No. 1 (District) received approval for $1,000,000 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The District will utilize the proceeds for the construction of a new 500,000-gallon standpipe. This improvement will increase water storage for residents and businesses within the service area. The estimated cost is $1,000,000 which will be funded by the ARPA grant of $1,000,000.00.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $1,519,600 compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Lawton Water Authority receives $11,000,000 grant for dam improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Lawton Water Authority (Authority) received approval for $11,000,000 in grants Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the dam will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Designated grant program in the amount of $10,000,000, the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Dam Rehabilitation grant program in the amount of $1,000,000, $925,251 provided by a Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dam (HHPD) grant, and $14,275,345 in local matching funds.

The Authority owns and operates Lake Ellsworth Dam.The lake provides water to the City of Lawton and is the only significant source of potable water available in the region. Medicine Park, Geronimo, and several water districs and associations purchase water from the City, as well. Fort Still Army Post purchases 99% of its water from the same source which results in Fort Sill purchaing 15% of all treated water produced by the City of Lawton. These proceeds will be used for the addition of more robust rock anchors, the addition of drains under the dam's apron, and to cast a new reinforced concrete slab over the existing apron. Other projects include repair of the existing concrete on the spillway and ogee, retrofit of the spillway retaining walls, an addition of chute blocks on the spillway stilling basin, riprap along the east side of the spillway, and changes to the grade at the southeast corner of the spillway.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $16,831,700 compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Langston Public Works Authority receives $1,153,846 grant for water and wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Langston Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,153,846 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water and wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water and wastewater systems will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to refurbish the existing treatment facilities, to extend current infrastructure into the west and northwest portions of Langston, and for the evaluation of gate valves and fire hydrants required to complete the project. These water and sanitary sewer improvements will target developed and underdeveloped areas of the system within the community which it serves.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,769,000 compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Glenpool Utility Services Authority receives $44,000,000 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Glenpool Utility Services Authority (Authority) received approval for $44,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $3,352,600 in local matching funds.

The Authority has a growing population and will utilize these proceeds to address system improvements. Projects will include the construction of a new sequencing batch reactor wastewater treatment plant to replace an existing aerated lagoon wastewater treatment plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $67,354,300compared to traditional financing.

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July 18, 2023

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Comanche Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Comanche Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority operates a water distribution system which includes two storage tanks in need of refurbishing, a primary lift station in need of upgrade, and a dam in need of repair. These proceeds will be used to recoat each water storage tank, remove trees, seal cracks, and reinforce the dam, and satisfy engineering costs to upgrade the lift station.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,525,100 compared to traditional financing.

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June 20, 2023

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Wagoner County Rural Water District No. 5 receives $16,215,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Wagoner County Rural Water District No. 5 (District) received approval for $16,215,000 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 $913,072 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness, along with $2,000,000 from the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program, and $2,000,000 in local funds. 

The District will utilize the proceeds forconstruction of a new 5-million gallon per day (MGD) water treatment plant which includes a rapid mix basin, two 2.5 MGD pulsating clarifiers, four 2-MGD declining rate cluster filters, four 1.7-MGD high service pumps, and a chemical feed building. These improvements will provide an adequate supply of drinking water for residents and businesses in and near the District.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save a combined estimation of $8,760,172 in principal and interest charges through use of the DWSRF 30-year loan and ARPA grant funds compared to traditional financing. The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the District’s water system. District officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included District Manager, Sean Garrison, and previous District Manager, Arvil Morgan. Mr. Garrison stated, “On behalf of myself, the District Board, staff, and customers, we appreciate your help on a much-needed project. Our goal is always to provide customers with good quality water.”

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June 20, 2023

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Tullahassee Public Works Authority receives $1,153,846 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Tullahassee Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,153,846 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds toreplace approximately 40,000 linear feet (lf) of 2-inch and 6-inch waterlines and fire hydrants, and to acquire and install Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) water meters with a drive-by system. A portion of this project focuses on water conservation and efficiency by identifying water loss in the Authority’s system. With these improvements, inflow and infiltration will be reduced and could lead to increased water supply reliability through providing the system officials with a better understanding of potential vulnerability.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,767,900.00 compared to traditional financing.

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June 20, 2023

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Town of Tatums receives $1,153,846 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Town of Tatums (Town) received approval for $1,153,846 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Town will utilize the proceeds to upgrade the collection system, fifteen (15) manholes, and 1,100 linear feet (lf) of collection line, rehabilitate access to the lagoon site and clean out the existing lagoons, install lagoon fencing, and purchase an additional lift station pump and portable generator.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Town’s customers will save an estimated $1,773,900 compared to traditional financing.

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June 20, 2023

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Pittsburg County RWSD No. 20 receives $3,300,000 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – Pittsburg County Rural Water and Sewer District No. 20 (District) received approval for a $3,300,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB).

The District serves the town of Carlton Landing and will utilize the proceeds to refinance a bank note which was previously used for wastewater treatment facility construction. The facility has a design capacity of 80,000 gallons per day and is comprised of three (3) lagoons, primary and secondary clarifiers, two (2) aeration tanks, two (2) aerobic digestors, and chlorination/dechlorination.

According to Joe Freeman, chi of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the District’s customers will save an estimated $365,700 over the life of the 21-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a senior lien on the revenues of the District’s water and sewer systems and a mortgage. Local officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included District Chairman, Caleb Conner, District Board Member, Daryl Nieto, and District Administrator, Greg Buckley. Mr. Buckley stated, “This funding is a great benefit to a small service area. We sincerely thank you for consideration.”

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June 20, 2023

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Minco Municipal Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Minco Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with a $100,000 OWRB Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant, and $131,000 in local funds.

The Authority operates a public wastewater collection system which is in need of updates. These proceeds will be used to replace approximately 2,000 linear feet (lf) of 8" PVC sewer line, pipe burst 1,550 lf of 8" sewer line, replace 17 manholes, and rehabilitate twenty-one manholes in the collection system. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,529,300 compared to traditional financing.

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June 20, 2023

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Lawton Water Authority receives $50,000,000 loan for water funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – Lawton Water Authority (Authority) received approval for a $50,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.

The Authority is implementing a drought resiliency plan to provide an alternative source of water. This project is for drilling test wells, at least four (4) groundwater wells, construction of a conveyance system, and water treatment plant upgrades. 

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,557,400 over the life of the 20-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitationsystems.

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June 20, 2023

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Custer City Public Works Authority receives $99,998 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Custer City Public Works Authority (Authority) in Custer County received approval for a $99,998 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority owns and operates a water supply system with three wells which are in need of upgrades. These funds will be used to rehabilitate the wells by reconstruction of the wellheads, utilizing new enclosures, replacing seals, valves, and piping, and addressing electrical system improvements. The estimated cost of the project is $99,998 which is the amount of the grant requested.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $169,600 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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June 20, 2023

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Cleveland County RWSG & SWMD No. 1 receives $1,000,000 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Cleveland County Rural Water, Sewer, Gas, and Solid Waste Management District No. 1 (District) received approval for $1,000,000 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $245,433 in Cleveland County American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The District will use these proceeds for projects to include the installation of water main loops, to construct a new water storage facility, install a new water well and repair the existing well, install approximately twelve (12) miles of water main, and add approximately 170 water meters for new customers. These improvements will provide consistent water pressure to a section of current rate payers and expand water service to several small communities to the north of the District.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $1,529,300 compared to traditional financing.

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June 20, 2023

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City of Beggs receives $1,000,000 grant for dam improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Beggs (City) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s infrastructure.  Improvements to the dam will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Grant (RIG) from Oklahoma Rural Water Association and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

The City’s municipal water supply is served by New Beggs Lake and sells water to Okmulgee Rural Water District No. 2. An extreme rainfall event in May 2022 severely eroded the dam’s downstream slope. These funds will be used to rebuild the downstream slope to address four identified areas of damage, and for remediation of the emergency spillway and receiving stream channel.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $1,529,300 compared to traditional financing.

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June 20, 2023

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City of Bethany receives $1,500,000 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Bethany (City) received approval for $1,500,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water metering infrastructure.  Upgrades to the system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $1,500,000 in local funds.

The City will utilize the proceedto acquire and install Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) water meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). This project focuses on water conservation and efficiency and could lead to increased water supply reliability through providing the system officials with a better understanding of potential vulnerabilities.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $2,315,900 compared to traditional financing.

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May 16, 2023

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Weleetka Public Works Authority receives $99,999 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Weleetka Public Works Authority (Authority) in Okfuskee County received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use the proceeds to rehabilitate the sewer collection system by replacing manholes, sewer lines, and performing general repairs. The estimated cost of the project is $99,999 which will be funded by the OWRB REAP Grant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $167,500 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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May 16, 2023

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Watonga Public Works Authority receives $14,000,000 loan from the OWRB for water and wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Watonga Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $14,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their  water and wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use these proceeds to construct a new ion exchange nitrate removal system and a salt storage system for the water treatment plant. In addition, funding will provide planning and design and construction of a new administration and operations building, a grit removal facility, and a digestion system for the wastewater treatment plant.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s  customers will save an estimated $3,647,800 over the life of the 31-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, electric, sewer, and sanitation systems, and a mortgage. Watonga’s Mayor, Bill Seitter, stated, “We have done a lot lately and continue to move forward on our water and wastewater system improvements. We appreciate the Board’s consideration as we move toward the next steps.”

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May 16, 2023

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Rogers County Rural Water District No. 4 receives $7,200,000 loan from the OWRB for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rogers County Rural Water District No. 4 (District) received approval for a $7,200,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.

The District has experienced substantial growth. These proceeds will be used to upgrade the current water treatment plant (WTP) by adding an additional one million gallon per day actifloc water treatment unit with a filter system to maintain quality and quantity of water. In addition, this project will include the installation of a 500,000-gallon metal clearwell, a diesel generator, to install water lines, raw water intakes, a concrete liner for the backwash basins, an equipment storage building, sludge containment basins, and a backwash pump building. 

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the District’s customers will save an estimated $1,524,200 over the life of the 31-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the District’s water system. District Field Supervisor, Jason Littlefield, stated, “Water demand is increasing in our part of the country, and I see it continuing. We need to be able to hold more water for our customers and this loan will help us to do that.”

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May 16, 2023

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City of Tulsa-Rogers County Authority receives $14,000,000 grant for wastewater improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Tulsa-Rogers County Authority (Authority) received approval for $14,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Inola Public Works Authority’s (PWA) wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program, along with OWRB ARPA Tribal grant funds of $250,000, Tribal matching funds of $250,000, Indian Health Services funds of $339,000, Rogers County ARPA funds of $750,000, and local funds of $1,671,000.

The Inola PWA owns and operates a wastewater treatment system (WWTS) consisting of collection lines, appurtenances, and an aerated lagoon wastewater treatment facility. The PWA is redefining the parameters of the WWTS from a lagoon system to a WWTS sized to accommodate all wastewater from the Town of Inola as well as from the Port Industrial Park operated by the Port Authority. These proceeds will be used to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) to include the existing lift station, construction of a larger force main discharge, manhole rehabilitation to reduce inflow and infiltration, and the rehabilitation of the Green Valley Lift Station and force main located in the southwest portion of town. In addition, the engineering and design cost of a new 3.1 MGD WWTP to be located near the Tulsa Port is included.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Port’s customers will save an estimated $21,194,300 compared to traditional financing.

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May 16, 2023

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Pawnee Public Works Authority receives $8,310,000 loan from the OWRB for water and wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Pawnee Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $8,310,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water and  wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use a portion of proceeds for water treatment plant improvements that will include clarifier repairs and coating, a chlorine dioxide fee, a backwash recovery pump station, chemical storage and feed improvements, and intake structure enhancements. At the wastewater treatment plant, the Authority will be replacing lift station pumps, four (4) blowers, two (2) motive pumps, one (1) sludge pump, and electrical circuits. In addition, the Authority will fund projects to restore functionality of the gravity belt thickener, construct a retaining wall, install a crane for pulling pumps, and for the installation of approximately 1,200 automated water meters throughout the city.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $268,700 over the life of the 31-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, electric, and sanitation systems, a 1.5 cent sales tax, and a mortgage. Pawnee’s Mayor, Alice Cottle, stated, “We appreciate OWRB’s consideration for the water and wastewater system improvements.”

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May 16, 2023

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Muskogee County Rural Water District No. 1 receives $999,000 loan from the OWRB for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Muskogee County Rural Water District No. 1 (District) received approval for a $999,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.

The District purchases water from the City of Muskogee and is experiencing low pressure and inadequate water volume to some of its customers as the hydraulic grade is not able to fill their three storage tanks. To correct the problem the District proposes to remove or abandon two water storage tanks with the lowest elevation and install a booster pump station.

RB’s Financial Assistance Division, the District’s customers will save an estimated $268,700 over the life of the 31-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the District’s water system and a mortgage. The District’s Vice Chairman, Justen Mullen, stated, “On behalf of the District Board, we thank OWRB for helping our customers to improve the very low water pressure in our system.”

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May 16, 2023

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Minco Municipal Authority receives $100,000 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Minco Municipal Authority (Authority) in Grady County received approval for a $100,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use these proceeds to replace approximately 2,000 linear feet (lf) of 8" PVC sewer line, pipe bursting 1,550 lf of 8" sewer line, replace seventeen manholes, and rehabilitate twenty-one manholes within the collection system. The estimated cost of the project is $1,231,000 which will be funded by this REAP grant in the amount of $100,000, $1,000,000 of OWRB American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant funds, and $131,000 in local funds.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $167,500 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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May 16, 2023

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Hominy receives $1,000,000 grant for dam improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Hominy (City) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s infrastructure. Improvements to the dam will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $137,000 in local funds.

The City’s municipal water supply is served by Hominy Lake. The existing concrete spillway is broken into hundreds of sections and no longer provides erosion protection. As a result, eroded large holes at the bottom of the channel continue to develop and allow sediment to be transported downstream. These proceeds will be used to remove and replace the Hominy Lake dam’s concrete spillway and downstream channel. The project will be phased with the municipal water supply not to be interrupted.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $1,547,100 compared to traditional financing.

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May 16, 2023

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El Reno Municipal Authority receives $5,000,000 loan from the OWRB for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – El Reno Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $5,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their  water infrastructure.

The Authority needs additional water supply and water lines replaced. These proceeds will be used to lay approximately 19,705 feet of new water line, replace five (5) existing water mains in the system, and for the construction of three (3) new water wells in the existing Burris Well Field.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $871,800 over the life of the 20-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems and a one (1) cent sales tax. El Reno’s City Manager, Matt Sandidge, stated, “Our system has several lines which need to be replaced and this will allow us to do that. We thank OWRB for its consideration.”

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May 16, 2023

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Chandler Municipal Authority receives $12,700,000 loan from the OWRB for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Chandler Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $12,700,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their  water infrastructure.

The Authority owns and operates a water system consisting of a water treatment plant (WTP), distribution system, and three (3) distribution storage tanks. The existing WTP was constructed in 1999 and is in need of updating. The proposed project will include replacing one solids contact unit, two filters, backwash troughs, media retaining baffles, filter controls, variable frequency drives, chemical feed, and a SCADA system.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,356,700 over the life of the 31-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems, a one (1) cent sales tax, and a mortgage. Chandler’s City Manager, Jason Orr, stated, “Our system serves Chandler and most of Lincoln County. We have a lot of water needs and appreciate the Board’s consideration of this loan.”

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May 16, 2023

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Cherokee County Rural Water District No. 13 receives $2,250,000 loan from the OWRB for water improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Cherokee County Rural Water District No. 13 (District) received approval for a $2,250,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve water infrastructure.

The District will use these proceeds for projects to include rehabilitation of the intake structure along with demolition of an old dock and construction of a new dock, to make water treatment plant improvements including filter skids, controls and instrumentation, chemical spill containment, a chlorine dioxide feed system, a variable frequency drive, check valve, automatic transfer switch, and redundant pumps. Funds will also be used for sandblasting and painting of a District water tower.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the District’s customers will save an estimated $145,300 over the life of the 20-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the District’s water system and a mortgage. District Manager, Jacque Cialone, stated, “We really appreciate your consideration. The District is working on being redundant and this project will help.”

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April 18, 2023

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Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District receives $18,564,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District (District) received approval for $18,564,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The District supplies raw water to Comanche, Duncan, Lawton, Temple, Walters, and Waurika. The District has approximately 72 miles of aged raw water line, 3 (three) pumphouses, 6 (six) meter facilities, and 16 pumps and controls. The intake structure at Waurika Lake has 8 (eight) turbine pumps which are required to operate at full capcity with at least one redundant pump at all times. The proposed project will install Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) to improve incoming power supply, replace two pumps at the intake structure, upgrade existing motors, and install new power poles, transformers, substations, telemetry, and controls.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $28,040,000 compared to traditional financing.

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April 18, 2023

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The City of Wagoner receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Wagoner (City) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $2,000,000 in local funds.

The City will use the proceeds for the installation of a new force main, construction of a new headworks, installation of a new disinfection system at the wastewater treatment plant, and to repaint a water tower.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $3,027,900 compared to traditional financing.

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April 18, 2023

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Tri-County Rural Water District No. 2 receives $500,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Tri-County Rural Water District No.2 (District) received approval for $500,000 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $500,000 in local funds.

The District serves approximately 2,400 residential, commercial, and pasture connections. The east side of Shawnee is experiencing significant growth to include over forty (40) acre subdivisions that are in the planning phase.  The District does not currently have the infrastructure required to support this level of development and will use the proceeds to reimburse for the extention of an existing waterline to provide  additional capacity. These improvemnets include approximately 14,800 linear feet (lf) of 8-inch high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, 700 lf of bore across the North Canadian River, 300 lf of road bore with steel casing, and for the purpose of purchasing infrastrcure equipment.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $755,500 compared to traditional financing.

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April 18, 2023

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Town of Marshall receives $99,999 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Town of Marshall (Town) in Logan County received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the system’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Town has a gravity collection system which has increased inflow and infiltration (l&l) issues. Additionally, the rim of the system's lift station is located within the floodplain and requires electrical service and a standby generator to increase reliability. The proposed project is to replace sewer lines in the collection system, raise the rim of the lift station, and install electrical service and a generator at the lift station. The estimated cost of the project is $99,999 which is the amount of the OWRB REAP grant requested.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Town’s customers $167,400 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.2 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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April 18, 2023

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Southern Oklahoma Water Corporation receives $8,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Southern Oklahoma Water Corporation (Corporation) received approval for $8,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Corporation’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $320,000 in local funds.

The Corporation needs additional water capacity to support tourism, and new commercial, retail, and residential development in and around Lake Murray State Park. The existing water treatment plant is located on the waterfront, which would be better utilized as recreational space. The proposed project is to install a new water treatment plant on the western edge of the State Park, relocate a raw water intake to a deeper location, and upgrade the water distribution infrastructure.  

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Corporation’s customers will save an estimated $12,093,300 compared to traditional financing.

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April 18, 2023

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Southern Oklahoma Water Corporation receives $9,100,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Southern Oklahoma Water Corporation (Corporation) received approval for $9,100,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Corporation’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $575,250 in local funds.

The Corporation needs additional water capacity to support development at the Ardmore Industrial Air Park and the rural areas to the north and east of Ardmore. The proposed project is to add two clarifiers and backup power to the water treatment plant and upgrade the existing water distribution system by installing one (1) 12-inch water main and two (2) 8-inch water mains.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Corporation’s customers will save an estimated $13,741,000 compared to traditional financing.

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April 18, 2023

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Southern Oklahoma Water Corporation receives $17,100,000 in grant funding for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Southern Oklahoma Water Corporation (Corporation) received approval for $17,100,000 Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Corporation’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $895,250 in local funds.

The Corporation needs additional water capacity to support development at the Ardmore Industrial Air Park and the rural areas to the north and east of Ardmore. $9,100,000 of these funds will add two clarifiers and backup power to the water treatment plant, and upgrade the existing water distribution system by installing one (1) 12-inch water main and two (2) 8-inch water mains.

The Corporation also needs additional water capacity to support tourism, and new commercial, retail, and residential development in and around Lake Murray State Park. The existing water treatment plant is located on the waterfront, which would be better utilized as recreational space. $8,000,000 of these funds will be used to install a new water treatment plant on the western edge of the State Park, relocate a raw water intake to a deeper location, and upgrade the water distribution infrastructure.

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April 18, 2023

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Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust receives $2,225,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust (Trust) received approval for $2,225,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB).

The Trust will utilize the proceeds for the development oftheir water system’s lead service line inventory and mapping of the lead service lines. Lead service line inventories are a requirement by the revised EPA Lead and Copper Rule, passed in December 2021, to meet public health goals for drinking water systems. Deadline to submit those inventories is October 16, 2024, to the Department of Environmental Quality.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $734,250 through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Lead Service Line Replacement Program. The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Trust’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems. General Manager of the Trust, Chris Browning, Business Manager, Vanessa Aguilar, and Jiffie John Samuel, Financial Operations Manager, attended the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application. Mr. Browning stated, “We recognize that lead lines are a top priority across the nation. These funds will be used for a pilot project to verify the Trust’s assumption of piping material used on both sides of meters in approximately 2,700 locations. The target for inventory completion is set for 2024.”

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April 18, 2023

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Davis Municipal Authority receives $17,250,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Davis Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $17,250,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority’s wastewater treatment plant is nearing the end of its operational life. These funds will be used to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant including a new headworks facility, aeromod treatment system, UV disinfection, solids dewatering facility, and an operations building. These improvements will ensure discharge standards of effluent into a tributary, which joins Dry Sandy Creek, will continue to be met. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s  customers will save an estimated $7,844,700 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems, a 1% sales tax, and a mortgage. City Manager, Ricky Harness, stated, “Thank you for the consideration of this funding. This is a big project for the city of Davis and the Board’s assistance is appreciated.”

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April 18, 2023

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Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District receives $755,000 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District (District) received approval for a $755,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to conduct an emerging contaminant assessment. This process will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with $40,000 in local funds.

The District will utilize the proceeds to conduct a sampling program for contaminants of emerging concern within the watershed of Lake Thunderbird and the lake itself. Lake Thunderbird supplies water to the cities of Del City, Midwest City, and Norman and is situated nearby to Tinker Air Force Base. In 2017, the District contracted with the University of Oklahoma's Oklahoma Geological Survey to provide data and research for the purpose of gaining consumer confidence and municipal partner support regarding water reuse issues. Findings indicated the need for future studies to examine seasonal differences and concentrations of emerging contaminants within the watershed and lake. This comprehensive sampling program will include collection, lab analysis, and final report preparation.  

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $1,184,500 compared to traditional financing.

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March 21, 2023

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City of Tulsa receives $50,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Tulsa (City) received approval for $50,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water and sewer infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water and sewer system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $10,300,000 in local funds.

The City will utilize the proceeds in a partnership with the Fair Oaks Ranch (a/k/a Robson Ranch) for the development of thousands of acres for industrial, commercial, retail, and residential development in east Tulsa. To assist in the ongoing construction of the project, these ARPA funds will construct the Catoosa interceptor relief line, install a new peak flow storage facility with a 16-million-gallon flow equalization basin at Lower Bird Creek, expand the Lower Bird Creek wastewater treatment plant and the Spunky Creek lift station, and add a fourth pump at the main stem north lift station.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $69,339,300 compared to traditional financing. Representing the City was Senior Vice President of Tulsa Partners, Michelle Barnett, and Senior Special Projects Engineer for Tulsa, Tom Prag. Michelle Barnett stated, “OWRB is appreciated for its help with this Port of Catoosa project.” Tom Prag, shared, “This funding has accelerated the Capital Improvement Plan by twenty years. It’s phenomenal that these efforts have come together.”

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March 21, 2023

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The City of Shawnee receives $9,931,194 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Shawnee (City) received approval for $9,931,194 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water and sewer infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water and sewer system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The City will utilize the proceeds to replace over 25,000 linear feet of water lines and 7,500 linear feet of sewer lines to provide reliable water service and prevent future failures within the service area. Shawnee’s Director of Engineering, Seth Barkhimer, stated, “We appreciate the opportunity to be considered for this grant.”                         

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $15,423,600 compared to traditional financing.

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March 21, 2023

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The City of Oklahoma City receives $35,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Oklahoma City (City) received approval for $35,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve its water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $18,400,000 in local matching funds.

The City has designated this as the Tinker Air Force Base Project. A 60” water main which serves approximately 400,000 residents, currently runs parallel to Douglas Boulevard from Oklahoma City’s Lake Draper to north Oklahoma City. In 2022, The Oklahoma City Council agreed to the closure of two miles of the road for increased security for Tinker Air Force Base. Due to the road closure, two miles of the water main will be located inside of the air force base and in the event of a break, security levels at the base would delay emergency response time. Immediate response to a failure of the pipeline is essential as there is no back up water service or separate feed to provide water to an area which includes the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and the OU Medical Campus. The proceeds of this grant will be utilized to relocate four (4) miles of 60” water transmission main, valving, connecting to the existing line, testing, and disinfection outside of the Tinker Air Force Base secured area. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $48,530,500 compared to traditional financing. Representing the City was Assistant Finance Director, Angela Pierce, who stated, “On behalf of leadership, Council, and the people of Oklahoma City, we appreciate this one-time opportunity. Oklahoma City is performing studies in efficiency to help surrounding neighborhoods through the use of these dollars.”

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March 21, 2023

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Lugert-Altus Irrigation District receives $25,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Lugert-Altus Irrigation District (District) received approval for $25,000,000 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The District operates and maintains what is known as the W. C. Austin Project comprised of four primary canals known as the Main, Altus, Ozark, and West which feed multiple laterals delivering water through system turnouts. There are 52 miles of canals, 221 miles of laterals, and 26 miles of drains.

The Lugert-Altus Reservoir has experienced a decline due to drought conditions over the last several years. This has affected the District’s ability to provide water to its members due to evaporation, seepage, percolation, and runoff. These proceeds will be used to modernize the canal system beginning with the Ozark Canal since this section has no turnouts and experiences a high loss from seepage due to the permeable soils.

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March 21, 2023

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Jet Utilities Authority receives $148,828.12 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Jet Utilities Authority (Authority) in Alfalfa County received approval for a $148,828.12 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority sells water to the town of Goltry and will use these proceeds to upgrade and upsize their system. The proposed project will replace approximately 5,600 linear feet of 6” water line, existing gate valves, and water meters. The total estimated cost of the project is $148,828.12 which will be funded by this OWRB REAP grant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $238,700 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.2 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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March 21, 2023

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Hollis Public Works Authority receives $800,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Hollis Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $800,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds for the replacement of approximately 6,000 linear feet of water line from the well field to the city of Hollis. This will reduce water loss and improve pressure in the distribution system for residents and businesses within the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,211,900 compared to traditional financing.

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March 21, 2023

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Gore Public Works Authority receives $150,000 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Gore Public Works Authority (Authority) in Sequoyah County received approval for a $150,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority will use the proceeds to construct a new 12” water line to provide treated water from the water treatment plant to the storage tanks. The estimated cost of the project is $170,000 which will be funded by this grant and $20,000 of local funds.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $244,800 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.2 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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March 21, 2023

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Geronimo Public Works Authority receives $800,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Geronimo Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $800,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace approximately 7,240 linear feet of 6" PVC potable water line throughout the system. These improvements will ensure water pressure is maintained for residents and businesses within the Authority.

This project consists of the construction of 7,240 linear feet of six (6) inch PVC potable water line and all appurtenances to serve the City of Geronimo.  This project will replace old and deteriorated water lines.

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March 21, 2023

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Grady County RWSG & SWMD No. 7 receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Grady County Rural Water, Sewer, Gas, and Solid Waste Management District No. 7  (District) received approval for $1,000,000 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $68,957.64 in Grady County American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The District will utilize the proceeds for the installation of a new water storage standpipe as well as relocation and renovation for an existing standpipe

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $1,547,100 compared to traditional financing. District Treasurer, Georgina Calhoun, and Steve Fox, project engineer, attended on behalf of Grady County RWSG & SWMD No. 7. Georgina Calhoun stated, “We appreciate being considered for this grant. The District really could use this money for these important projects.”

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March 21, 2023

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Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District receives $1,409,648 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District (District) received approval for $1,409,648 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

This District, in Cleveland County and through Lake Thunderbird, provides water supply to the cities of Norman, Del City, and Midwest City. These proceeds will be used for the reimbursement of some project costs and new projects to include the replacement and expansion of back-up emergency generator power at their main plant. This project will increase capacity from 750 to 1,800 kilowatts. Other projects will include pumping unit rehabilitation and replacement at the main pumping plant and re-lift pumping plant and for SCADA and telemetry upgrades, pipeline engineering, and the construction of a new equipment building should remaining funds allow.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $2,187,200 compared to traditional financing. District Board President, Amanda Nairn, and District Manager, Kyle Arthur, attended on behalf of Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District. Amanda Nairn stated, “We thank the (OWRB) staff for their work and the Board for consideration of this grant. This project is important infrastructure that we must maintain for our member cities which service about 250,000 people.”

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March 21, 2023

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Altus Municipal Authority receives $7,600,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Altus Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $7,600,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’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 $2,500,000 will be in the form of loan forgiveness.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds for the development of their water system’s lead service line inventory, mapping of the lead service lines, and potential replacement of the lines. Lead service line inventories are a requirement by the revised EPA Lead and Copper Rule, passed in December 2021, to meet public health goals for drinking water systems. Deadline to submit those inventories are Oct. 16, 2024, to DEQ.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $6,725,600 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems. An Authority representative stated, “Altus appreciates the Board consideration of this loan.”

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February 21, 2023

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Waynoka Utilities Authority receives $999,999 water system funding from OWRB

Waynoka Utilities Authority receives $999,999 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Waynoka Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $999,999 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace 4,935 linear feet of 6-inch cast iron water pipe and lead joints with 6-inch polyvinyl chloride (“PVC”) pipe within the distributioin system. This project will reduce water loss and improve pressure to residents and businesses in and near the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,552,099 compared to traditional financing.

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February 21, 2023

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Waynoka receives $999,949 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Waynoka (City) received approval for $999,949 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The City will utilize the proceeds to install water lines in under-served areas of Waynoka and to replace old water lines with new water lines.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $1,121,000.00 compared to traditional financing. A city of Waynoka representative, stated, “This funding will be of great benefit to the city, and they are grateful for consideration.”

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February 21, 2023

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Vici Public Works Authority receives $99,990 grant for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Vici Public Works Authority (Authority) in Dewey County received approval for a $99,990 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority will use these proceeds to replace steel water lines with larger PVC water lines. The estimated cost of the project is $99,990 which is the amount of the REAP grant requested.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $166,290 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $6.2 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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February 21, 2023

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Stigler Municipal Improvements Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for water system and dam improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Stigler Municipal Improvements Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water and dam infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system and planning and engineering design for the dam will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to complete the planning and engineering design for slope flattening, a toe drain system, a seepage cutoff/barrier system, reconstruction of the concrete spillway lining, and a slight raise to the dam. For the town to continue to have a water source while dam repairs are active, this grant will also fund a new water line from Lake John Wells to Sigler’s water treatment plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,495,100 compared to traditional financing.

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February 21, 2023

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South Delaware County Regional Water Authority receives $301,563 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The South Delaware County Regional Water Authority (Authority) received approval for $301,563 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $416,500 in Cherokee Tribal matching funds, $694,000 from Indian Health Services (IHS), and $185,699.52 in local funds.

These proceeds will be used for infrastructure needs to provide water service to unserved areas of the Authority. The improvements include the addition of approximately 22,900 feet of water line, an 8-inch bore under the Illinois River, six (6) road bores, three (3) pressure reducing stations, gate valves, air relief valves, and flush hydrants.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $459,700.00 compared to traditional financing.

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February 21, 2023

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Lone Grove Water & Sewer Trust Authority receives $350,764 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Lone Grove Water & Sewer Trust Authority (Authority) received approval for $350,764 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $336,733 in Chickasaw Tribal matching funds, $2,400,000 from Department of Commerce Economic Adjustment Assistance, $635,000 from Indian Health Services (IHS), and 397,542.56 in local funds.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to construct a new water well, purchase a backup generator for their largest well, construct a 400,000-gallon water storage tank, and for line replacement. The improvements will increase the storage capacity of the system and line pressure for existing users, while allowing for future growth.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $530,500.00 compared to traditional financing.

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February 21, 2023

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Hobart Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for dam improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Hobart Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s dam infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the dam will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with previously approved funding under OWRB’s Financial Assistance Loan Program (FAP).

Hobart dam forms Rocky Lake which is a municipal water supply for the Authority. These proceeds will be used to perform spillway repairs to include the removal and replacement of concrete over a collapsed area and to re-establish the earthen emergency spillway.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,495,100 compared to traditional financing. Hobart City Manager, Ashley Slaughterback, stated “Hobart is grateful for consideration of the $1,000,000 to go toward our project.”

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February 21, 2023

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El Reno Municipal Authority receives $750,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The El Reno Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $750,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $750,000 in local funds.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds for new water wells and new water lines throughout the system, helping to address the projected growth within the area.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,121,000 compared to traditional financing. An El Reno Municipal Authority representative, stated, “El Reno appreciates the consideration for this grant.”

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February 21, 2023

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Edmond Public Works Authority receives $13,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Edmond Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $13,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program in addition to a previously approved OWRB Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan for $82,000,000, and $123,720,000 through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority’s Lake Arcadia water treatment plant is facing issues with infrastructure and capacity concerns due to rapid population growth. These proceeds will be used to increase the treatment capacity of the plant by ten (10) million gallons per day by making improvements to the intake structure, pumping facilities and treatment processes at the water plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $19,509,700 compared to traditional financing. Edmond’s Chairman and Mayor, Darrell Davis, stated, “We would like to thank the OWRB for the great financial infusion which will help Edmond as we continue to grow.”

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February 21, 2023

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Creek County Rural Water District No. 2 receives $15,000,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Creek County Rural Water District No. 2 (District) received approval for $15,000,000 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 $1,000,000 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness.

The District will utilize the proceeds for construction of a 750,000-gallon elevated water storage tank, a duplex booster pump station, approximately 12 miles of 12-inch distribution water line, approximately ½ mile of 10-inch distribution water line, approximately 4 miles of 12-inch transmission water line between the elevated storage tank and the booster pump station, and 10 leak detection flow meters. These improvements will reduce water loss and improve pressures in the distribution system to residents and businesses in and near the District.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $4,639,900 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the District’s water system. A Creek County Rural Water District No. 2 representative stated, “We would like to thank the Board of Directors in advance for considering our loan application. The favorable financing terms and the projected $1,000,000 in principal forgiveness make this project doable for the District. We very much appreciate your assistance.”

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February 21, 2023

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Comanche County Rural Water District No. 2 receives $1,840,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Comanche County Rural Water District No. 2 (District) received approval for $1,840,000 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 $800,000 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness along with $500,000 in Comanche County  American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The District will utilize the proceeds to replace 15,900 linear feet (lf) of 8-inch water line, 12,440 lf of 10-inch water line, to install one (1) 500-gallon per minute booster pump station, and to replace one (1) 200-gpm booster pump station at Stoney Point. These improvements will reduce water loss and improve pressures in the distribution system, especially on the west side of the District from which the new booster pump station will serve.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $1,389,700 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the District’s water system and a mortgage.  A Comanche County Rural Water District No. 2 representative stated, “Comanche County Rural Water District No. 2 has borrowed funds from the OWRB four times in the last ten years. The staff has always been courteous and eager to help. The assistance we have received has been a huge help in continuing to maintain our water infrastructure. We appreciate your consideration of our loan.”

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February 21, 2023

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City of Bethany receives $4,600,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The City of Bethany (City) received approval for $4,600,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The City has 28 water wells of which 13 are out of service. These grant proceeds will fund the redrill of five (5) wells and rehabilitation of eight (8) inactive wells which will increase water production to meet current and future demand for customers and businesses in the City.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the City’s customers will save an estimated $6,901,200.00 compared to traditional financing. City Manager, Elizabeth Gray, stated, “Thank you from the Mayor, Council, and citizens of Bethany for funding on a much-needed project.”

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February 21, 2023

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Chelsea Economic Development Authority receives $1,302,083 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Chelsea Economic Development Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,302,083 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $1,269,800 from Cherokee Tribal matching funds, and $655,000 from Indian Health Services (IHS).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to convert existing lagoons to a total retention lagoon system and for improvements to the headworks and pump stations for a land application system.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,955,300 compared to traditional financing. The Authority’s Wastewater Superintendent, Mike Wooten, stated, “We appreciate the efforts to help minimize debt service through ARPA dollars.”

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February 21, 2023

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Buffalo Public Works Authority receives $314,450 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Buffalo Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $314,450 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds for valve installation which will reduce water loss and improve pressure in the distribution system for residents and businesses within the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $489,550 compared to traditional financing.

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February 21, 2023

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Arbuckle Master Conservancy District receives $1,409,648 grant from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Arbuckle Master Conservancy District (District) received approval for $1,409,648 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

Grant proceeds will be used for various improvement projects within the District and to purchase a slope mower to meet Arbuckle Lake dam maintenance requirements.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $2,116,700 compared to traditional financing. District Manager, Steven Jolly, stated, “I wish to thank the Board for consideration and the Financial Assistance staff for answering questions always with a smile on their face.”

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February 21, 2023

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Alva Utility Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Alva Utility Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $57,500 in local funds.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds for the replacement of old ductile iron water lines with new water lines.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,495,100.00 compared to traditional financing. Alva’s Mayor, Kelly Parker, stated, “This ARPA opportunity is vital for the City of Alva to meet its project goals more quickly, ensuring better service to our citizens and businesses, and better ensuring our ability to conserve vital water resources for the future.”

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January 17, 2023

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DWSRF Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Subsidy for SFY2023

DWSRF Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Subsidy for SFY2023

DWSRF General Supplemental

Lead Service Line Replacement/Inventory

Emerging Contaminates/PFAS

DWSRF Based Program

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January 17, 2023

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Fort Cobb Public Works Authority

Fort Cobb Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Fort Cobb Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  The construction of upgrades and improvements to the system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) along with an Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG) Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant for $45,000, and $17,400 in local funds.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace approximately 6,400 linear feet of deteriorated water line throughout the system. These improvements will ensure water pressure is maintained for residents and businesses within the Authority while reducing water loss issues created by leaks or pipe breaks.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,549,200 compared to traditional financing.

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January 17, 2023

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Stigler Municipal Improvements Authority

Stigler Municipal Improvements Authority receives $800,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Stigler Municipal Improvements Authority (Authority) received approval for $800,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. The construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds for the rehabilitation of a 30,000-gallon water storage tank. These improvements will prevent contaminants from entering the water system.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,240,400 compared to traditional financing.

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January 17, 2023

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Checotah Public Works Authority

Checotah Public Works Authority receives $1,442,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Checotah Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,442,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’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 $1,000,000 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace approximately 5,300 linear feet of deteriorated water line with new PVC water line in the southern portion of its distribution system. These improvements will ensure  water pressure is maintained for residents and businesses within the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,558,500 over the life of the 10-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems, a 3-cent sales tax, and a mortgage.  A representative of Checotah stated, “The City of Checotah appreciates the OWRB’s help in providing funds for our water line replacement project.  We have used the Board's loan programs in the past which allowed us to improve our system at competitive rates and terms and recognize the valuable assistance the Board offers in meeting critical utility needs. We are pleased to come back to the Board for this important project.”

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January 17, 2023

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Tonkawa Municipal Authority

Tonkawa Municipal Authority receives $2,000,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Tonkawa Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’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 $1,000,000 will be in the form of loan forgiveness and another $600,000 provided through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace approximately 10,600 linear feet of water lines throughout the community. These improvements will ensure water pressure is maintained for residents and businesses within the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $2,256,100 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and electric systems, and a 1-cent sales tax and mortgage. Tonkawa Municipal Authority’s Chairman, Kenneth Smith, shared “This loan will benefit the quality of life, improve our future water system, and provide a valuable resource for our community. Everyone who travels through the area to visit or do business in the Tonkawa area will enjoy the benefit from this improvement to our water system.”

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December 15, 2022

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OWRB's Participation in the First FACT Roadshow

On December 15, 2022 members of the Oklahoma Funding Agency Coordinating Team (FACT), which included OWRB, hosted the first in a series of workshops targeting critical infrastructure funding and workforce needs of Oklahoma’s small water and wastewater systems. Held in Coalgate, Oklahoma 32 public water and wastewater systems with 65 staff, managers and board members attended the day-long workshop, gaining valuable insight and information about funding infrastructure, improving efficiency, and enhancing their workforce.

The Oklahoma Rural Water Association and Communities Unlimited were instrumental in coordinating this first event in the workshop series, with assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, East Central University, Indian Health Service, and USDA-Rural Development.

This workshop provided 7 operator professional development renewal hours, 6 hours of rural water district board member training, and certificates of completion for educators / professionals.

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May 26, 2022

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for Oklahoma

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law - A Historic Investment in Water for Oklahoma and how funds will flow through the state's SRF programs.

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May 17, 2022

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Consolidated Rural Water District No. 9

Consolidated Rural Water District No. 9, McIntosh County (District) received approval for $695,000 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 $300,000 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness.

The District will utilize the proceeds to construct two chlorine booster stations and for improvements to their storage tank. Disinfecting drinking water has reduced waterborne disease drastically. However, byproducts which may result by the disinfection can sometimes have unintended effects. Therefore, by addressing this issue, this project helps to meet the public health goals for the state.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $574,900 over the life of the 20-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the District’s water system and a mortgage. 

The DWSRF program is administered by the OWRB and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The DWSRF program has provided approximately $2 billion in drinking water loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.7 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB, and Scott Thompson, Executive Director of the ODEQ, express their sincere appreciation to State Senator Roger Thompson and Representatives Avery Frix, Randy Randleman, and David Smith for their support of the DWSRF program.

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April 18, 2022

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Mountain Park Public Works Authority

The Mountain Park Public Works Authority (Authority) in Kiowa County received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Monday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority will use the proceeds to construct an in-tank aeration system for water circulation. Disinfecting drinking water has reduced waterborne disease drastically. However, byproducts which may result by the disinfection can sometimes have unintended effects. Therefore, by addressing this issue, this project helps to meet the public health goals for the state. The estimated cost of the project is $99,999 which is the amount of the requested REAP grant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $150,500 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $5.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to Senator Brent Howard and Representative Gerrid Kendrix for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said Julie Cunningham, OWRB Executive Director.

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April 18, 2022

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Enid Municipal Authority

The Enid Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $4,000,000 in funding Monday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to lay approximately 5,500 feet of 12-inch, 10-inch, and 6-inch PVC water line in an area of the city which has experienced low water pressure. These improvements will help to reduce water loss and increase water pressure for customers of the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,172,100 over the life of the 20-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems and a two cent sales tax. Enid’s Mayor, George C. Pankonin, shared, “Enid is grateful for the consideration of this loan which will allow the City to continue upgrading its water infrastructure.”

The DWSRF program is administered by the OWRB and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The DWSRF program has provided approximately $1.8 billion in drinking water loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB, and Scott Thompson, Executive Director of the ODEQ, express their sincere appreciation to State legislators from the Enid metro area for their support of the DWSRF program.

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April 18, 2022

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Edmond Public Works Authority

The Edmond Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $268,200,000 in funding Monday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. Two requests totaling $185,000,000 will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) where $1,000,000 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness and a third loan totaling $83,200,000 funded through the Financial Assistance Loan Program (FAP).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to fund a variety of water projects. A low lift pump station for intake of raw water on Arcadia Lake will be constructed which includes a wet well, three (3) 60-inch diameter screened intake lines, five (5) variable speed, vertical turbine pumps, two (2) feed systems, and a 42-inch discharge raw water transmission main. Improvements will be made to the Authority's water treatment plant including modifications to the existing maintenance building, replacement of the granular activated carbon filters, construction of an elevated storage tank for backwash water storage, the construction of two new finished water clearwells, a new lift pump station and water meter valve, two new waste washwater basins, a recycle pump station, and new electrical building. These improvements will allow the system to continue providing sustainable water to customers of the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save a combined estimation of $9,862,300 over the life of the three (3), 30-year loans compared to traditional financing. These loans will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation, and electric systems and a two-cent sales tax.  The Authority’s Director of Water Resources, Kris Neifing, stated, “We appreciate the Board’s consideration and assistance on all of our loans now and over the last several years.”

The DWSRF program is administered by the OWRB and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The DWSRF program has provided approximately $1.8 billion in drinking water loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB, and Scott Thompson, Executive Director of the ODEQ, express their sincere appreciation to State legislators from the Edmond metro area for their support of the DWSRF and FAP programs.

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March 15, 2022

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Porter Public Works Authority

The Porter Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $890,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’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 $322,500 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds for the rehabilitation of a ground water storage tank, an elevated storage tank, and a booster pump station. The rehab will include piping modifications to both tanks to provide a separate inlet and outlet. Additionally, piping between the ground storage tank and the booster pump station will also be modified. Disinfecting drinking water has reduced waterborne disease drastically. However, byproducts which may result by the disinfection can sometimes have unintended effects. Therefore, by addressing this issue, this project helps to meet the public health goals for the state.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $626,600 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems and a mortgage. A Porter Public Works Authority’s official stated, “The City of Porter would like to thank the board for their consideration and also thank the OWRB staff for all their help.”

The DWSRF program is administered by the OWRB and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The DWSRF program has provided approximately $1.8 billion in drinking water loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB, and Scott Thompson, Executive Director of the ODEQ, express their sincere appreciation to State Senator Kim David and Representative Kevin McDugle for their support of the DWSRF program.

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March 15, 2022

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Cherokee County Rural Water District #1

The Cherokee County Rural Water District No.1 (District) received approval for $430,000 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 a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The District will utilize the proceeds to construct a new booster pump station, water storage tank, and waterline to establish a connection with Muskogee County Rural Water District No. 7.  This project will bring a more sustainable source of water for residents and businesses in and near Cherokee County Rural Water District No. 1 while helping to meet the State of Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by reducing the number of wells being used on public water supplies through regionalization.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $565,600 compared to traditional financing.

The DWSRF program is administered by the OWRB and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The DWSRF program has provided approximately $1.8 billion in drinking water loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB, and Scott Thompson, Executive Director of the ODEQ, express their sincere appreciation to State Senator Kim David and Representative Chris Sneed for their support of the DWSRF program.

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February 15, 2022

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Okemah Utilities Authority

Okemah Utilities Authority receives $22,870,000 loan from the OWRB for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Okemah Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for a $22,870,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.

The Authority will use these funds to construct a new three (3) million gallon per day water treatment plant, a new raw water intake structure at Okemah Lake, installation of new Automatic Meter Infrastructure (AMI) water meters, and for the construction of two (2) new 500,000 gallon water storage tanks.  

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,772,197 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems, a one (1) cent sales tax, and a mortgage. Okemah’s City Manager, Jayne Hughes, stated, “We appreciate the ability of the Board to help with water needs in Okemah and throughout Oklahoma. This approval will help us in looking forward to growth under our economic development plan.”

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Roger Thompson and Representative Logan Phillips for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

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February 15, 2022

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Harrah Public Works Authority

Harrah Public Works Authority receives $2,560,000 loan from the OWRB for water and wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – Harrah Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $2,560,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use these funds for the extension of water and sewer mains in the vicinity of Luther Road and SE 29th Street and NW 23rd Street, construction of a NE 23rd Street lift station, installation of a collection main and force main, approximately 1,100 feet of sewer line along 23rd Street, and the retrofit and upgrade of a sewer lift station on Harrah Road.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $464,000 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems, a three (3) cent sales tax, and a mortgage. Harrah’s Mayor, Danny Trent, stated, “We appreciate the Board’s consideration of this request and are applying because of the growth in Harrah. We look forward to moving forward. Thank you.”

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Shane Jett, Brenda Stanley, and Zach Taylor, and Representative Preston Stinson for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

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February 15, 2022

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El Reno Municipal Authority

El Reno Municipal Authority receives $7,500,000 loan from the OWRB for water system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – El Reno Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $7,500,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.

The Authority will use the funds to renovate an existing water treatment plant. This will include repair of the aerator tower, install a raw water meter at the plant, install a new claricone, and repair a recarbonation basin vault. This project will also remove and replace filters, rehabilitate the chemical feed room, replace backwash meters, plant controls, pumps, sample lines, filters, and existing claricones as well as upgrade the water distribution building.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s  customers will save an estimated $1,212,619 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer system, and a one (1) cent sales tax. An El Reno representative shared, “The City of El Reno thanks the OWRB staff for their hard work on this project and appreciates the Board for their consideration.”

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State legislators from the El Reno metro area for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

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February 15, 2022

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Anadarko Public Works Authority

Anadarko Public Works Authority receives $141,551 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Anadarko Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $141,551 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will use the proceeds to construct a new roof vent and new power vent at the southside water storage tank, install two (2) automated flushing stations, and add new security fencing. Disinfecting drinking water has reduced waterborne disease drastically. However, byproducts which may result by the disinfection can sometimes have unintended effects. Therefore, by addressing this issue, this project helps to meet the public health goals for the state.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $195,651.33 over the life of the 20-year loan compared to traditional financing.

The DWSRF program is administered by the OWRB and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The DWSRF program has provided approximately $1.8 billion in drinking water loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB, and Scott Thompson, Executive Director of the ODEQ, express their sincere appreciation to State Senator Darcy Jech and Representative Dick Lowe for their support of the DWSRF program.

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January 18, 2022

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Kaw City Municipal Authority

Kaw City Municipal Authority receives $99,999 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Kaw City Municipal Authority (Authority) in Kay County received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority has a wastewater collection system that includes a wastewater treatment plant, sewer lines, and several lift stations.  The system is experiencing massive inflow from the aging sewer lines during rain events. Proceeds of this grant will be used to conduct a sewer system evaluation study (SSES) to identify areas which contribute to the inflow and infiltration (I&I) issue and then to develop a rehabilitation plan for the sewer system. The estimated cost of the project is $99,999 which is the requested REAP grant amount.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $145,300 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $5.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to Senator Bill Coleman and Representative Ken Luttrell for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said Julie Cunningham, OWRB Executive Director.

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January 18, 2022

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Guthrie Public Works Authority

Guthrie Public Works Authority receives $4,100,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Guthrie Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $4,100,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

In December of 2020, the Board approved $16,000,000 in loan funds for the Authority to construct a new energy efficient sequential batch reactor wastewater treatment plant, a lift station, retro fit of a flow equalization basin, sludge management facilities, an ultra violet disinfection system, and a lab building. The Authority intended to utilize around $4,000,000 of local funds to go along with the original funding for the project. Subsequent to this, a determination was made to utilize the local funds for other projects and the Authority requested to borrow these funds for the wastewater project. These improvements will enable the Authority to treat the wastewater more effectively prior to discharging it into the Cimarron River. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $250,600 over the life of the 20-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems and a 1 ¾ cent sales tax.  Guthrie’s Mayor, Steven Gentling, stated, “The City recognizes the significant economic advantages of the Board’s financing programs and more importantly, the assistance of the Board’s staff in the loan application process. The OWRB is an asset to our State, and we look forward to continuing this partnership as the City looks to further improve the quality and viability of our sewer infrastructure.”

The CWSRF program is administered by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The CWSRF program has provided approximately $2.1 billion in water quality loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Chuck Hall and Representative Garry Mize, for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

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January 18, 2022

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Caddo Public Works Authority

Caddo Public Works Authority receives $50,000 grant for wastewater system improvements

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Caddo Public Works Authority (Authority) in Bryan County received approval for a $50,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority completed an analysis of its collection system as part of a rehabilitation effort and determined a need to extend the system to accommodate additional users. The proceeds for this project will be used to install 748 linear feet of 8-inch PVC sewer main with four concrete manholes, connect to existing manholes, and to perform surface repair to the street. The estimated cost of the project is $50,000 which is the amount of the REAP grant requested.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $72,000 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $5.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to Senator David Bullard and Representative Dustin Roberts for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said Julie Cunningham, OWRB Executive Director.

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December 12, 2021

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New Cordell Utilities Authority

New Cordell Utilities Authority receives $2,250,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The New Cordell Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,250,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’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 $662,500 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace aging water lines in various areas of town and to rehabilitate a water storage tank. These improvements will reduce line failure frequency and water loss resulting in adequate water pressure and volume for residents and businesses in and near the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,011,300 over the life of the 20-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation, and electric systems as well as a mortgage. Mayor of New Cordell, Jerry Beech, stated, “I would like to express our sincere appreciation for consideration and approval of our loan request for critical water improvements.  The water lines and storage facilities will go a long way in providing adequate water for the City’s residents and commercial customers.  As a first-time borrower from the Board’s loan programs, we have seen first-hand the value the Board brings to small communities such as New Cordell.  We applaud the work of the staff to make this happen and we look forward to a meaningful relationship with the OWRB in the future.”

The DWSRF program is administered by the OWRB and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The DWSRF program has provided approximately $1.7 billion in drinking water loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB, and Scott Thompson, Executive Director of the ODEQ, express their sincere appreciation to State Senator Brent Howard and Representative Todd Russ for their support of the DWSRF program.

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December 12, 2021

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McAlester Public Works Authority

McAlester Public Works Authority receives $32,500,000 water system funding from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The McAlester Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $32,500,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’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 $1,100,000 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace 148,500 feet of water transmission and distribution lines throughout the city and to rehabilitate three (3) water storage tanks. These improvements will enable the city to enhance hydraulic capacity throughout the distribution system benefiting residents and businesses in and near the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $8,726,100 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems and a two cents sales tax. McAlester Mayor, John Browne, shared, "We would like to thank the Board for their help in providing funding to replace large sections of the City's water lines. This project will go a long way to address the issue by addressing 45% of the large transmission lines and 15% of the full system." Mayor Browne explained that a rate increase was required for these infrastructure improvements. Public education was shared and citizen support recognized by a public vote passage with 80% approval.

The DWSRF program is administered by the OWRB and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The DWSRF program has provided approximately $1.7 billion in drinking water loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB, and Scott Thompson, Executive Director of the ODEQ, express their sincere appreciation to State Senator Warren Hamilton, Representative Jim Grego, and Representative David Smith for their support of the DWSRF program.

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November 16, 2021

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Wagoner Public Works Authority

Wagoner Public Works Authority receives $5,040,000 loan from the OWRB for system improvements

Wagoner Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $5,040,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their system infrastructure.

The Authority has a city-wide stormwater conveyance and regional stormwater detention plan. These proceeds will be used to address six different stormwater projects in the city.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,067,500 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation, electric, and stormwater systems.  An Authority representative stated, “On behalf of the citizens of Wagoner, we would like to express our appreciation for your consideration of our proposed loan. We have used the OWRB loan programs almost exclusively for the last 20 plus years and feel that has been very much to our benefit.”

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Kim David and Representative Kevin McDugle for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

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November 16, 2021

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Guymon Utilities Authority

Guymon Utilities Authority receives $4,200,000 loan from the OWRB for water system improvements

Guymon Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for a $4,200,000 Financial                   Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to engineer, design, and construct two 500,000-gallon water storage tanks and one elevated 300,000-gallon water storage tank.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $698,700 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and gas systems and a one cent sales tax.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Casey Murdock and Representative Kenton Patzkowsky, for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

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November 16, 2021

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Duncan Public Utilities Authority

Duncan Public Utilities Authority receives $26,450,000 in funding from OWRB

The Duncan Public Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for a $26,450,000 in loan funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB). The first request was for $16,200,000 financed by the Financial Assistance Program (FAP) with a second request totaling $10,250,000 funded through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund          (CWSRF).                                                                                                                                                           

The Authority will utilize the FAP proceeds to replace water lines throughout the system and for water treatment plan improvements. The second loan approval, funded through the CWSRF program, will be used for the installation of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system and to replace approximately 13,000 water meters and 9,600 electric meters with automatic readers. The new meters will allow for the Authority to better monitor and bill for water and electricity used by its citizens, ultimately reducing the amount of water and energy consumed. This project helps to meet Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by focusing on water conservation through a reduction of unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant and is recognized under Oklahoma’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan for improved energy efficiency, which helps reduce atmospheric deposition of mercury into nearby waterbodies.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save a combined estimation of $3,719,800 over the life of the two loans compared to traditional financing. The loans will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation, and electric systems and a one cent sales tax. An Authority representative stated, “On behalf of the citizens of Duncan, we would like to express our appreciation to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. The Board’s loan programs have helped manage the costs to upgrade the City’s water and wastewater infrastructure.  We would particularly like to thank the OWRB staff for their hard work and assistance.”

The CWSRF program is administered by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The CWSRF program has provided approximately $2.0 billion in water quality loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Jessica Garvin and Representative Marcus McEntire for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

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November 16, 2021

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Broken Arrow Municipal Authority

Broken Arrow Municipal Authority receives $4,200,000 loan from the OWRB for water system improvements

Broken Arrow Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $4,200,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.                                                                                                        

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to lay approximately 30,000 feet of water line throughout the city and for consulting and software to convert from an Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system to an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system.  

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, acknowledged key benefits for the Authority as the ability to lock into a low interest rate while not be required to fund a debt service reserve fund. The FAP loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems and a one cent sales tax. Broken Arrow’s Finance Director, Cindy Arnold, stated, “We appreciate all OWRB has done for Broken Arrow Municipal Authority and value the partnering success. “

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State legislators from the Broken Arrow metro area for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

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November 16, 2021

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Boise City Public Works Authority

Boise City Public Works Authority receives $1,750,000 loan from the OWRB for water and wastewater system improvements

Boise City Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $1,750,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use the proceeds to drill a new water well with a well house and piping, a new SCADA system, for laying 8-inch and 10-inch sewer lines, and 10-inch PVC water lines.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $343,200 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water system and a mortgage. A representative for the Authority stated, “The City of Boise City appreciates the OWRB’s help in providing funds for the new well and sewer line replacement projects. Providing adequate water to our residents and businesses in the Panhandle is a high priority for the City Council.  As a first-time borrower from the Board, we recognize the valuable assistance the Board offers in meeting critical water and sewer needs.  Thank you.”

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Casey Murdock and Representative Kenton Patzkowsky for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

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November 16, 2021

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Arkoma Municipal Authority

Arkoma Municipal Authority receives $500,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

The Arkoma Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $500,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority does not have a wastewater treatment facility but has an agreement with the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas to discharge into their wastewater collection system. The proceeds of this request will be used to repair or replace 115 manholes throughout the collection system to reduce inflow and infiltration (I&I). These improvements will help to prevent unwanted contaminants from entering the system, reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility, and reduce Authority's expense as they are charged for treating all discharge sent to Fort Smith. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $127,800 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems and a mortgage.  A representative of the Arkoma Municipal Authority stated, “We would like to thank the OWRB in advance for considering our loan. Arkoma has been the beneficiary of OWRB loans for many years and is very appreciative. Special thanks to the OWRB staff.”

The CWSRF program is administered by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The CWSRF program has provided approximately $2.0 billion in water quality loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Mark Allen and Representative Rick West for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

Arkoma Municipal Authority receives $500,000 wastewater system loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Arkoma Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $500,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority does not have a wastewater treatment facility but has an agreement with the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas to discharge into their wastewater collection system. The proceeds of this request will be used to repair or replace 115 manholes throughout the collection system to reduce inflow and infiltration (I&I). These improvements will help to prevent unwanted contaminants from entering the system, reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility, and reduce Authority's expense as they are charged for treating all discharge sent to Fort Smith. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $127,800 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems and a mortgage.  A representative of the Arkoma Municipal Authority stated, “We would like to thank the OWRB in advance for considering our loan. Arkoma has been the beneficiary of OWRB loans for many years and is very appreciative. Special thanks to the OWRB staff.”

The CWSRF program is administered by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The CWSRF program has provided approximately $2.0 billion in water quality loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Mark Allen and Representative Rick West for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

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November 4, 2021

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November 2, 2021

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October 19, 2021

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Wagoner County RWSG & SWMD No. 4

Wagoner County RWSG & SWMD No. 4

The Wagoner County Rural Water, Sewer, Gas & Solid Waste Management District No. 4 (District) received approval for a $23,006,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The District will utilize the proceeds to construct an approximate one million gallon a day wastewater treatment plant, repair and replace manholes, install two lift stations with pumps, equalization basins, generators, odor and corrosion control, valve and flow meter vaults, and fencing. Upgrading from a lagoon system to a mechanical treatment plant will improve effluent being discharged to Coal or Tar Creek while ensuring adequate service to community residents and businesses in and near the District.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $5,138,200 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the District’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems. A District representative stated, “The District appreciates the Board’s consideration and thanks them for the continued support.”

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October 19, 2021

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Lindsay Public Works Authority

Lindsay Public Works Authority

The Lindsay Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $2,318,530 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water and electric metering infrastructure. Upgrades to the system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace its water and electric meters with automatic readers. The new meters will allow for the Authority to better monitor and bill for water and electricity used by its citizens, ultimately reducing the amount of water and energy consumed. This project helps to meet Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by focusing on water conservation through a reduction of unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant and is recognized under Oklahoma’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan for improved energy efficiency, which helps reduce atmospheric deposition of mercury into nearby waterbodies..

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $262,300 over the life of the 20-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and electric systems, a one cent sales tax, and a mortgage. A Lindsay representative stated, “The Lindsay Public Works Authority certainly appreciates the Board’s consideration and approval of the requested loan. Implementing the AMI system for our electric and water meters will significantly reduce the City’s operating costs and we look forward to getting the meters installed to help our community”.

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October 19, 2021

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Elgin Public Works Authority

**Elgin Public Works Authority                                                                                                                  **

The Elgin Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $3,535,000 loan              Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s        wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater   system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to install a grinder unit at the inlet of the influent lift station, install a new storage basin, and make wastewater treatment plant discharge improvements including a force main, outfall structure and erosion control. These improvements will help reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant and unpermitted discharges from wet weather events.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $906,400 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems, a one cent sales tax, and a mortgage.  An Elgin representative stated, “The Authority thanks the Board for its consideration and appreciates OWRB and the OWRB staff for their help with this project.”

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October 19, 2021

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Duncan Public Utilities Authority

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The Duncan Public Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for a $8,200,000 loan     Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s         wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority will use the proceeds for major manhole replacement and rehabilitation, new sewer lines, and for wastewater treatment plant improvements. These improvements will     help to reduce unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant and sanitary sewer          overflows.  Improvements at the wastewater treatment plant will assist with meeting             discharge permit limits at the plant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $2,324,400 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation, and electric systems along with a one cent sales tax. An Authority representative shared, “On behalf of the citizens of Duncan, we would like to express our appreciation to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. The Board’s loan programs have helped manage the costs to upgrade the City’s water and wastewater infrastructure.  We would particularly like to thank the OWRB staff for their hard work and assistance.”

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September 14, 2021

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Grove Municipal Services Authority

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The Grove Municipal Services Authority (Authority) received approval for a $1,000,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceedsto purchase and install a bioset screw press and lime stabilization system at the wastewater treatment plant. These upgrades will reduce operating costs and mitigate effluent from the facility into Grand Lake.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $114,400 over the life of the 20-year loan compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and gas systems, a 2.4 cent sales tax, and a mortgage. Grove Municipal Services Authority’s Chairman, Andy Stewart, stated “On behalf of the Authority and the City of Grove, I want to express our appreciation and gratitude to the Oklahoma Water Resource Board. Your assistance to rural municipalities like ours is vital to our community.”

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September 14, 2021

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Grand River Dam Authority

Grand River Dam Authority

The Grand River Dam Authority (Authority) received approval for a $100,000 loan Tuesday    from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to address a nonpoint source concern    of septic systems identified primarily within Delaware County. Construction of upgrades and improvements will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with a $50,000 grant provided by the          Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC).

The Authority has identified several septic systems in the Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees area that have issues with discharge of sewage to the surface or have been inundated by flood waters. These systems have been identified as a nonpoint source contaminant and water quality concerns by the OCC. The purpose of the project is to replace the current septic systems with aerobic systems or to remove the septic system and connect to a public wastewater treatment system when feasible. These improvements will reduce unintended flows to the Grand Lake and Lake Hudson watersheds.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $142,400 compared to traditional financing.

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August 17, 2021

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Jones Public Works Authority

Jones Public Works Authority

Jones Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $10,535,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority will use the proceeds to make improvements to the wastewater treatment plant, replace water and sewer lines, replace the current water meters with new Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) equipment, develop a new water well, install a new elevated storage tank, install new water lines for the well and storage tank.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $2,019,800 over the life of the 31 year loan compared to traditional financing.  The loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation and gas system along with a 2 cent sales tax, 2 cent use tax and a mortgage.

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August 17, 2021

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Hughes County Rural Water District No. 6

Hughes County Rural Water District No. 6

The Hughes County Rural Water District No. 6 (District) received approval for a $92,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.

The District will use the proceeds to upgrade and refurbish a system standpipe. Improvements will include a recoat to the interior and exterior of the tank, repair pitting and removal of a 2” plug, install additional piping, gate valves, and a fire hydrant to adequately drain and control the tank functions. Additionally repair will be performed on the tank foundation, a new safety climb system will be installed, and telemetry and other electrical mountings will be relocated. The estimated cost of the project is $169,000 which will be funded by the requested grant of $92,000 along with local funds in the amount of $77,000.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the District’s customers $109,600 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $5.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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August 17, 2021

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Blackwell Municipal Authority

Blackwell Municipal Authority 

The Blackwell Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $16,840,000 in funding  Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water and electric infrastructure. The first request was for $3,600,000 financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) with a second request totaling $13,240,00 funded through the Financial Assistance Program (FAP). 

The Authority will utilize the CWSRF proceeds to acquire and replace 3,102 current water and electric meters with Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) equipment and to install an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). This project will help to meet Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by protecting water resources from pollution and encourage water conservation and efficiency while reducing unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant. The second loan request funded with the issuance of a FAP state loan program revenue bond issue will be for projects to include the construction of a water treatment plant and to lay new water line to an elevated storage tank within the Authority.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save a combined estimation of $1,408,700 over the life of the two loans compared to traditional financing. Both loans will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation, and electric systems, a 1.5 cent sales tax. Blackwell Municipal Authority’s official attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in  support of the loan application was Mr. Jerry Eubanks, Public Works Director.  Mr. Eubanks stated during the meeting “An undertaking such as this project takes a huge team and on behalf of the mayor, city manager, myself and the citizens of Blackwell, thank you  for considering our loan applications.”

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July 20, 2021

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Tishomingo Municipal Authority

Tishomingo Municipal Authority receives $190,000 loan from OWRB

The Tishomingo Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $190,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The study and planning upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with a $75,000 grant from the Chickasaw Nation.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to conduct a Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey (SSES) to identify inflow and infiltration issues which need to be addressed. This survey will then be analyzed by a consulting engineer for system upgrade recommendations. Recommended improvements, based on the findings from the study, will help to reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration in the system thereby reducing the unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility.

  Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s  customers will save an estimated $247,900 compared to traditional financing.

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July 20, 2021

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Caddo Public Works Authority

Caddo Public Works Authority receives $117,560 loan from OWRB

The Caddo Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $117,560 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The study and planning upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100% principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to conduct a Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey (SSES) to identify areas of the sewer system within the Authority which need to be addressed. This survey will then be analyzed by a consulting engineer for system upgrade recommendations. Recommended improvements, based on the findings from the study, will help to reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration in the system thereby reducing the unintended flows to the wastewater treatment facility.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $162,430 compared to traditional financing.

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June 21, 2021

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Dewar Public Works Authority

The Dewar Public Works Authority received approval for a $1,637,000 loan June 15th, 2021 from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) where $200,000 of the loan will be in the form of loan forgiveness along with $931,409 from Indian Health Services.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to retrofit the existing facility and for the construction of a flow-through lagoon system with a cascade aerator. These improvements will address unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant and protecting the waters that enter Coal Creek and Henryetta Lake.

Vice Mayor of Dewar, Gary McGowin, stated, “I would like to express appreciation to the Board and staff for providing low interest rate financing to make sewer system improvements for the benefit of Dewar.”

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June 15, 2021

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Guymon Utilities Authority

The Guymon Utilities Authority received approval for a $5,000,000 loan June 15th, 2021 from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water and gas metering infrastructure.  Upgrades to the system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to acquire and install approximately 4,180 Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) water meters and retro-fitting approximately 4,250 gas meters with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). The new meters will allow for the Authority to better monitor and bill for water and gas used by its citizens, ultimately reducing the amount of water and gas consumed. This project helps to meet Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by focusing on water conservation through a reduction of unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant and is recognized under Oklahoma’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan for an improved efficiency of natural gas use correlation with enhanced processes in natural gas production areas.

Guymon's Mayor, Kim Peterson, stated "Guymon’s AMRs have been talked about for ten years and we are excited about the move. We appreciate the Board’s consideration.”

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June 15, 2021

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Holdenville Public Works Authority

The Holdenville Public Works Authority received approval for $100,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’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 the full amount will be in the form of loan forgiveness.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to replace the existing gaseous chlorine system with a liquid feed chlorine system. Disinfecting drinking water has reduced waterborne disease drastically. However, byproducts which may result by the disinfection can sometimes have unintended effects. Therefore, by addressing this issue, this project helps to meet the public health goals for the state.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $141,100 compared to traditional financing.

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June 15, 2021

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Hughes County Rural Water District No. 6

The District’s System Manager, Sheldon Tatum, stated, “The OWRB grant is so very important to help us continue to serve our customers and keep our business on solid ground.”

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June 15, 2021

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Kingfisher Public Works Authority

The Kingfisher Public Works Authority received approval for $162,168 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’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 the full amount will be in the form of loan forgiveness.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to construct a mixing, aeration, and ventilation system and a chlorine injection point for the existing ground storage tank located at the Kingfisher water treatment plant. These improvements will reduce disinfection byproducts within the system. Disinfecting drinking water has reduced waterborne disease drastically. However, byproducts which may result by the disinfection can sometimes have unintended effects. Therefore, by addressing this issue, this project helps to meet the public health goals for the state.

  Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $217,800 compared to traditional financing.

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June 15, 2021

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Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust

The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust  received approval for a $55,000,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Trust’s water metering infrastructure. Upgrades to the system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Trust will utilize the proceeds to acquire and install approximately 240,000 Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) water meters. This project helps to meet Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by focusing on water conservation and efficiency and reducing unintended flows to the wastewater treatment plant.

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June 15, 2021

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Cherokee County Rural Water District No. 1

The Cherokee County Rural Water District No. 1  received approval for $100,000 in funding  June 15, 2021 from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.  The planning of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) where the full amount will be in the form of loan forgiveness.

Loan proceeds will be used for planning and design of 6" and 8" waterline, a storage tank, and a duplex booster pump station with standby power  for the District to purchase water from Muskogee County Rural Water District No. 7 allowing the system to continue providing water for residents and businesses in and near the District.

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May 18, 2021

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Shawnee Municipal Authority

The Shawnee Municipal Authority received approval for $20,625,000 in funding May 18th, 2021 from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to improve and expand their water treatment plant. Construction will include a rapid mix basin, four (4) high rate pulsating clarifiers with tube settlers, eight (8) declining rate cluster filters, a dry polymer feed system, a powdered activated carbon bulk feed system, replacement of three (3) high service pumps, and installation of a new generator. This project will allow the Authority to continue supplying water to its customers in compliance with state and federal drinking water regulations.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $2,035,800 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.

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May 18, 2021

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Tonkawa Municipal Authority

Chairman of the Authority, Kenneth Smith, stated, “On behalf of the 3,216 residents living in Tonkawa, the businesses, Tonkawa Tribal Casino and Hotel, Travel Plazas, Northern Oklahoma College, and the Tonkawa schools, we want to express our appreciation to the OWRB Board for their consideration for this loan as it will benefit the citizens’ quality of life, expand our future water system, and provide a valuable resource for our community.”

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May 18, 2021

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Meeker Public Works Authority

A Meeker representative stated, “The Meeker Public Works Authority would like to thank the staff and Board Members of the OWRB for the assistance we have received. The planning and design loan forgiveness we received in 2018 and 2019 was the single biggest factor that made the current financing a reality. Thank you in advance for considering our current request.”

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May 18, 2021

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Lawton Water Authority

An Authority representative stated, “On behalf of the citizens of Lawton, we would like to express our appreciation to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. The Board’s loan programs have helped to manage the costs to upgrade the City’s water and wastewater infrastructure.  We would particularly like to thank the OWRB staff for their hard work and assistance.”

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May 18, 2021

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Hobart Public Works Authority

Chairman of the Authority and Mayor of Hobart, Jeff Allen, shared “The City of Hobart for several years has been involved in efforts to improve the City’s water system. The City relies on Foss Reservoir for its drinking water, but also wants to enhance its own ability to treat and store water from Rocky Lake in order to have a supplemental water supply for peak demand periods and to have a back-up supply of water in the event that its primary water supply is unavailable. The City of Hobart appreciates the OWRB’s assistance in financing this critical infrastructure for the citizens of Hobart.”

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May 18, 2021

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East Central Oklahoma Water Authority

Webbers Falls Mayor, David Chase, stated, “The East Central Oklahoma Water Authority appreciates the Board’s consideration of our funding request for this project. The principal forgiveness funds we received in 2019 and as part of this financing have been an essential component of financing these system improvements. We would like to thank the staff and Board members for your assistance to our community and other small towns like ours.”

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April 28, 2021

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Cherokee County Rural Water District No. 13

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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April 20, 2021

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McCurtain County Rural Water District No. 8

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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.

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April 20, 2021

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Edmond Public Works Authority

Edmond's Chairman, Dan O'Neill, stated, "The City of Edmond appreciates the Board's consideration and values the OWRB financing programs. They would also like to thank the OWRB staff for their dedication and help."

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April 20, 2021

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Copan Public Works Authority

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The Authority will utilize the proceeds to install approximately six and a half miles of six inch waterline between Washington County Rural Water District (RWD) No. 7 and Osage County Rural Water (RWD) District No. 20. Additional uses will include rehabilitation of their water treatment plant to include: expansion of the current building, the addition of two new multimedia filters, relocate the chlorine feed, and install two new chlorine feed pumps at the Osage No. 20 storage tank and add aeration to the Washington No. 7 standpipe. This project will allow Osage County RWD No. 20 to decommission their water treatment plant and improve the water quality for residents and businesses in and near their District.  The project will help meet the State of Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $2,693,300 over the loan’s life compared to traditional financing.

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November 10, 2020

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November 10, 2020

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Edmond Public Works Authority

“The City of Edmond appreciates the OWRB’s consideration of our loan and the OWRB staff for all of their assistance.”

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November 10, 2020

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Heavener Utilities Authority

“The Heavener Utilities Authority would like to express our appreciation for the OWRB’s consideration of our loan. The savings generated by the refinancing transaction will allow the Authority to continue providing utility services at the lowest possible cost to our customers. In particular, we would like to express our appreciation to the OWRB staff for all of their assistance in the loan application process.”

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November 10, 2020

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Atoka Municipal Authority

“On behalf of the Authority and the citizens of Atoka, we would like to express our gratitude to the Board for its consideration of the proposed refinancing through the Financial Assistance Program. Achieving economical savings through this program will help us continue to work towards the long term goals of the City. We appreciate the efforts of the Board and its staff that have allowed us to utilize its programs several times in the past and look forward to working with you again on this financing.”

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November 10, 2020

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Harrah Public Works Authority

“The City of Harrah would like to express our sincere appreciation for your consideration of our loan application. The City recognizes the significant economic advantages of the Board’s financing programs and more importantly, the assistance of the Board’s staff in the loan application process. The OWRB is an asset to our State and we look forward to continuing this partnership as the City looks to further improve the quality and viability of our water and wastewater infrastructure. This loan will allow the City of Harrah to improve and expand its infrastructure to accommodate for the growth we are currently experiencing, as well as for years to come.”

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November 10, 2020

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Choctaw Utilities Authority

“The City of Choctaw is in dire need of above ground storage for water to meet firefighting requirements for the city.  The City is currently short approximately 400,000 gallons in storage with Choctaw requiring a minimum of 1 million gallons.  This project brings the city up to 1.1 million gallons of storage as well as addresses an urgent need to repair and refurbish an above ground storage tower.”

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November 10, 2020

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Hinton Public Works Authority Quote

“…the town believes these projects will both help to protect and conserve water resources as well as provide sustainable wastewater handling alternatives for the next 20 years and beyond.”

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September 15, 2020

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East Central Oklahoma Water Authority Quote

“Our small community suffered greatly during the flood of 2019. Our sewers were greatly affected by the flood and we are attempting to make the necessary repairs. Please allow me to take this opportunity to express the gratitude of the town for all your support and aid during the past year.”

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September 15, 2020

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Grove Municipal Services Authority Quote

Grove’s General Manager stated, “I would like to express our appreciation to the Board for its assistance in providing low interest rate financing to make sewer line repairs across the community. In the past the Board’s loan programs have aided the Authority in improving its water and sewer systems at very competitive rates and terms. We are pleased to come back to the Board for this important project.”

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August 18, 2020

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Broken Arrow Municipal Authority Quote

“…we want to thank the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for its consideration of this loan request. Being able to refinance existing loans and receive new loans at extremely competitive rates allows us to spend more money in the very infrastructure that supplies safe drinking water to public and allows for us to discharge clean water back into the environment.”

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August 18, 2020

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Bartlesville Municipal Authority Quote

"The City recognizes the significant economic advantages of the Board’s financing programs and more importantly, the assistance of the Board’s staff in the project planning and loan application process. The OWRB is an asset to our State and to the City of Bartlesville. The City and the OWRB have a long and successful history, and I personally am grateful to your organization for all of the assistance that you have provided to us through the years.  I look forward to continuing this partnership as the City looks to further improve the quality and viability of our water and wastewater infrastructure.”

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June 16, 2020

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Pawhuska Public Works Authority Quote

"The City of Pawhuska is thankful for the assistance OWRB has provided to help alleviate the problems associated with the failing dam at Pawhuska Lake.  An inspection of the dam in 2019 indicated several problems which needed to be addressed to maintain the dam and prevent possible dam failure. OWRB met with the City to discuss the problems with the dam and to discuss possible funding options the City was not aware of.  Without the assistance of OWRB and their staff, solving the issues with the dam would have been difficult. An emergency grant and principal forgiveness loan from OWRB will provide the assistance we need to upgrade the dam and make it safer for the public and city personnel who maintain the dam."

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May 19, 2020

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Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust Quote

'The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust would like to thank the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for considering the proposed Clean Water SRF Loan. We have submitted proposals for Drinking Water SRF and FAP loan for the June meeting as well. The application process has been seamless; the OWRB staff is very professional and responsive. On behalf of the citizens of Oklahoma City, we thank you...'

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April 21, 2020

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Edmond Public Works Authority Quote

'The City of Edmond appreciates the Board’s consideration and values the OWRB financing programs.  They would also like to thank the OWRB staff for their dedication and help during these difficult times.'

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February 18, 2020

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Atoka Municipal Authority Quote

'Atoka thanks the Board for the time and consideration of this request. These projects are very important for the town of Atoka in securing quality water for the system. Like most rural communities there are many needs with little revenue and this funding is critical.'

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July 9, 2019

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September 4, 2018

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Lincoln County Rural Water & Sewer District #4 Testimonial

'On behalf of Rural Water & Sewer District #4, Lincoln County, I would like to express our gratitude to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board as well as other agencies that are working together for the benefit of our district and other districts in Oklahoma.'

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December 12, 2001

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Ardmore Public Works Authority

Ardmore Public Works Authority receives $30,000,000 loan from OWRB

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Ardmore Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $30,000,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

Ardmore’s Mountain Lake and City Lake are in need of dam repairs. The gates at Mountain Lake dam will be replaced and upgraded as well as some other minor correction. City Lake will address leakage in the spillway and the intake structure while raising the elevation of the dam. Additionally, the Authority will be using proceeds to address repairs to the inflow and infiltration (I/I) issues throughout the collection system. The rehabilitation of the dams has been approved as a Nonpoint Source (NPS) project to help in the protection of stream stability and prevent additional sediment and nutrients from being washed downstream into Caddo Creek and the Washita River. Ardmore City Lake and Mountain Lake exhibit good water quality and this project will help to protect these waterbodies from becoming impaired; protecting two important drinking water supplies for Ardmore and its citizens.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $6,987,800 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.  The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water and sewer systems and a half cent sales tax. Ardmore’s City and Authority Manager, Kevin Boatright, shared, “The city of Ardmore appreciates the efforts of the OWRB leadership and staff to provide financing for infrastructure across the state of Oklahoma.”

The CWSRF program is administered by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The CWSRF program has provided approximately $2.0 billion in water quality loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $5.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Frank Simpson and Representative Tammy Townley for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.

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