OKLAHOMA CITY –The Buckhorn Rural Water District No. 2 (District), in Murray County, received approval for $4,166,667 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program along with $4,000,000 in Chickasaw Tribal matching funds.
The District’s focus is to establish stable and reliable water sources for distribution purposes. These proceeds will be used to drill and facilitate two, new ground water supply wells and install necessary water line for tie-in to the existing system. Additionally, the District will connect into the town of Sulphur’s water system as a secondary supply source.
Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $4,891,000 compared to traditional financing.