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Edmond Public Works Authority receives $13,000,000 grant for system improvements

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February 21, 2023

Press Release

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.”