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The McAlester Public Works Authority receives $2,000,000 grant for system improvements

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January 16, 2024

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OKLAHOMA CITY –The McAlester Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’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 $2,000,000 from an active Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan.

The Authority owns and operates a water distribution system in need of upgrades. These proceeds will be used to replace approximately 8,500 linear feet of water main and gate valves. 

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,097,400 compared to traditional financing.