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

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August 15, 2023

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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.”