Quinlan Community Water District No. 1 receives $15,000 grant from OWRB
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Quinlan Community Water District No. 1 (District), in Woodward County, received approval for a $15,000 Emergency grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.
The District owns and operates a system consisting of two water wells and a standpipe. One of the wells supplying the District has collapsed. OWRB's well driller personnel conducted a camera test which revealed the collapse was caused by mineralization and an iron bacterium which corroded the casing. Proceeds will be used to drill a well and install a fiberglass insulated well house. The estimated cost of the project is $200,000, which will be funded by a Rural Infrastructure Grant in the amount of $80,000, an Oklahoma Economic Development Authority Grant of $75,000, local matching funds of $20,000, an in-kind match of $10,000, and the requested emergency grant of $15,000.
Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $29,500 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $7.1 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.