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.