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Waukomis Public Works Authority receives $79,900 grant for wastewater system improvements

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January 16, 2024

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Waukomis Public Works Authority (Authority) in Garfield County received approval for a $79,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority owns and operates a sanitary sewer collection and treatment system which does not meet regulatory requirements because of the absence of a reliable emergency operation system. These proceeds will be used to install a standby generator for the lift station.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $139,800 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.