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January 18, 2022

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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.