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The Seiling Public Works Authority receives $99,999 grant for water system improvements

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June 18, 2024

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OKLAHOMA CITY –The Seiling Public Works Authority (Authority) in Dewey County received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority has an existing 75,000-gallon elevated water storage tank upon which the coating system has failed potentially causing compromise to the structural integrity of the steel if not replaced. The proposed project is to replace the coating system on the tank. The project will be funded by the OWRB REAP Grant and local funds.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $179,100 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $7.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.