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Depew Public Works Authority receives $99,000 grant for water system improvements

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May 21, 2024

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Depew Public Works Authority (Authority) in Creek County received approval for a $99,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The grant funds will be used to replace fourteen of the fire hydrants in the water distribution system that have reached the end of their useful life. The estimated cost of the project is $99,000.00 and will be funded entirely by the OWRB REAP Grant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $172,800 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.