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Weleetka Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for dam improvements

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September 19, 2023

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OKLAHOMA CITY –The Weleetka Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s infrastructure. Planning and design and construction of upgrades and improvements to the dam will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

Weleetka Lake is currently the sole source of raw water supply for the customers of the Authority. The concrete spillway and concrete outlet channel or flume of the lake's dam is in need of repair. The proposed project will be phased. Phase I is for the planning and design of the concrete spillway structure repair. Phase II will be the reconstruction of the concrete spillway chute, construction of a temporary coffer dam, and a construction access road to the base of the dam.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,588,000.00 compared to traditional financing.