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

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July 18, 2023

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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.