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Below are press releases, sorted by year, issued by or involving the Water Resources Board. For more specific information, email Cole Perryman, Director of Communications.

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December 8, 2014

Governor Fallin Praises OWRB for Second Consecutive Top Workplaces Award

Governor Fallin praised the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) on Monday for being selected as one of The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces for a second consecutive year. The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by a third party research firm that focuses on organizational health and employee engagement.



November 18, 2014

Buffalo Public Works Authority Receives $94,500 Grant to Improve Water Storage Tank

The Buffalo Public Works Authority has been awarded a $94,500 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on November 18.



November 18, 2014

Town of Glencoe Receives $69,999 Grant to Locate Additional Water Sources

The Town of Glencoe has been awarded a $69,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to locate additional water sources to serve the community. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on November 18.



November 18, 2014

Grady County Water and Sewer Management System Receives $32,000 Grant to Improve Water Storage Tank

The Grady County Rural Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Management District No. 2 near Amber, Oklahoma, has been awarded a $32,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the system’s water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on November 18.



November 18, 2014

Hughes County Rural Water System Receives $99,500 Grant to Replace Water Meters

The Hughes County Rural Water District No. 6, located around Gerty, Oklahoma in southern Hughes County, has been awarded a $99,500 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to replace water system meters. The District currently has 510 water meters that are approximately 10 to 12 years old. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on November 18.



November 18, 2014

Keota Public Works Authority Receives $99,999 Grant to Improve Water System

The Keota Public Works Authority has been awarded a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on November 18.



November 13, 2014

OWRB Staff Member Named 2014 Outstanding State Charitable Campaign Coordinator

Oklahoma Water Resources Board is proud to acknowledge the selection of Simeon Stoitzev as the 2014 Outstanding State Charitable Campaign (SCC) office coordinator. Stoitzev, a Senior Loan Analyst with the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, chaired the OWRB’s SCC committee and played an integral role in planning and coordinating the agency’s participation in both the SCC and the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s LIVE UNITED campaign. Through Simeon and the committee’s efforts, as well as the generosity of the OWRB’s team members, an agency of about 100 employees smashed its fundraising goal by raising just over $10,300.



November 3, 2014

OWRB Hosts Workshop on Floodplain Management for the Energy Industry

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s (OWRB) Floodplain Management team has announced a workshop on Thursday, November 13 aimed at helping familiarize Oklahoma’s energy industry operators with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).



October 18, 2014

“Every Drop Counts” for the 35th Annual Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference

The 35th Annual Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference and Research Symposium kicks-off one week from today at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The theme of the two-day Conference and Symposium on October 22-23 is “Every Drop Counts.” The event, co-presented by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and Oklahoma Water Resources Center, is expected to attract hundreds of water officials, citizens, organizations, and businesses who share an interest in Oklahoma’s water resources.



October 1, 2014

OWRB Planning and Management Division Chief named to Interstate Council on Water Policy Board of Directors

The Interstate Council on Water Policy (ICWP) has named Julie Cunningham, the Chief of Planning and Management for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, to its national Board of Directors. Founded in 1959, ICWP is a national organization of state, interstate, regional, and other water resources managers and agencies. Cunningham will join fellow ICWP board members in assessing integrated water management options to address water quantity and quality issues, ground water and surface water management, and economic and environmental sustainability.



September 18, 2014

Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority Receives $21,000,000 OWRB Loan Approval for Several Wastewater System Improvements

Several new wastewater improvements for the Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority will be made possible through the approval of a $21,000,000 Oklahoma Water Resources Board loan. At the OWRB’s boarding meeting on September 16, a loan through the State Revenue Bond Loan Program was approved by the board’s members.



September 18, 2014

OWRB Approves $795,000 Loan for Quinton Public Works Authority to Create Savings Through Refinancing of Water System Debt

The Quinton Public Works Authority has been approved for a $795,000 loan through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to refinance an existing USDA Rural Development loan that was used to improve the community’s water infrastructure.



September 16, 2014

Smells Like Success: OWRB Celebrates Moore’s Wastewater Plant Opening

This week state water planning officials and local officials from Moore gathered to celebrate the opening of the community’s new and improved wastewater treatment plant.



September 15, 2014

OWRB and Bureau of Reclamation to Host Inaugural Oklahoma Drought Challenge on Sept. 17

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, will host Oklahoma’s inaugural Drought Challenge on September 17 in the Atrium of the National Weather Center in Norman.



September 11, 2014

Online Registration Open for 35th Annual Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference

As many Oklahomans are well aware, when it comes to water, EVERY DROP COUNTS! This theme will be addressed by local, state, and national experts at the upcoming 2014 Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference & Research Symposium on October 22-23 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Online Registration available now!



August 20, 2014

Antlers Public Works Authority Receives OWRB Loan to Refinance Water System Debt

The Antlers Public Works Authority has received a $3,110,000 loan through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to help refinance loans previously used to improve the community’s water and wastewater infrastructure. The OWRB approved the loan during the agency’s monthly board meeting on August 19.



August 20, 2014

Southern Osage County Rural Water District Receives OWRB Loan to Improve Water System

Rural Water Management District No. 15 in Osage County has received an $840,000 loan through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to construct a 300,000 gallon water storage tower. The OWRB approved the loan during the agency’s monthly board meeting on August 19.



August 15, 2014

Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 Advisory Council Tours Water Reuse and Conservation Efforts in Panhandle

As part of Oklahoma’s ongoing Water for 2060 initiative, several state and local officials and water planning specialists recently joined agricultural producers, industrial enterprises, and municipal officials from the Panhandle region for a review of water conservation practices and a tour of water reuse opportunities.



July 17, 2014

Water Shortage Solutions to be Studied in Three Oklahoma "Hot Spot" Water Basins

Officials and planning specialists from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) have announced three in-depth studies focused on reviewing specific strategies to prevent future water supply shortages in western Oklahoma. The water basins to be analyzed are three of the state’s twelve “Hot Spot” basins which are those identified in the 2012 Update of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP) as having the most significant water supply challenges within the next 50 years.



July 17, 2014

OWRB and Partners Announce Oklahoma Lakes Appreciation Month

Oklahoma’s lakes are among the state’s most beloved and important natural resources. Thanks to a recent proclamation by Governor Mary Fallin, the month of July 2014 has been declared “Oklahoma Lakes Appreciation Month.”



July 16, 2014

Colbert Public Utilities Authority Receives $950,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Colbert Public Utilities Authority received a $950,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to facilitate improvements to the community’s wastewater infrastructure. The OWRB approved the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan during the panel’s regular monthly meeting.



July 16, 2014

Colcord Public Works Authority Receives $84,000 Grant to Repair Waste Water System

The Colcord Public Works Authority has received an $84,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on July 15.



July 16, 2014

Davidson Public Works Authority Receives $149,900 Grant to Repair Water System

The Davidson Public Works Authority has received a $149,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on July 15.



July 16, 2014

Dewar Public Works Authority Receives $63,112 Grant to Repair Waste Water System

The Dewar Public Works Authority has received a $63,112 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s waste water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on July 15.



July 16, 2014

Fairfax Public Works Authority Receives $81,380 Grant to Repair Water and Waste Water System

The Fairfax Public Works Authority has received an $81,380 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water and waste water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on July 15.



July 16, 2014

Fort Supply Public Works Authority Receives $59,000 Grant to Improve Water System

The Fort Supply Public Works Authority has received a $59,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to help plan a project to improve the community’s water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on July 15.



July 16, 2014

Panama Public Works Authority Receives $1,025,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Panama Public Works Authority received a $1,025,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB). The OWRB approved the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan during the panel’s regular monthly meeting. The loan proceeds will be used refinance loans that the Authority had obtained previously to finance wastewater system improvement projects in past years.



July 16, 2014

Ravia Public Works Authority Receives $63,000 Grant to Improve Water System

The Ravia Public Works Authority has received a $63,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on July 15.



July 16, 2014

Rogers County Rural Water District Receives $2,175,000 Loan from OWRB

The Rogers County Rural Water District No. 8 received a $2,175,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) in order to achieve substantial savings on the district’s outstanding water improvement project debt. The OWRB approved the Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan during the panel’s regular monthly meeting. The loan proceeds will be used refinance loans that the Authority had obtained previously to finance water system improvement projects in past years.



July 16, 2014

Talihina Public Works Authority Receives $99,999 Grant to Repair Waste Water System

The Talihina Public Works Authority has received a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s waste water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on July 15.



July 16, 2014

Town of Braman Receives $38,500 Grant to Repair Water System

The Town of Braman has received a $38,500 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on July 15.



July 16, 2014

Town of Willow Receives $150,000 Grant to Repair Water System

The Town of Willow has received a $150,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on July 15.



July 16, 2014

Wanette Public Works Authority Receives $65,500 Grant to Repair Water System

The Wanette Public Works Authority has been awarded a $65,500 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on July 15.



July 16, 2014

Wilburton Public Works Authority Receives $7,600,000 Loan from OWRB

The Wilburton Public Works Authority received a $7,600,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) in order to gain substantial savings on the community’s outstanding water and waste water improvement project debt. The OWRB approved the Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan during the panel’s regular monthly meeting. The loan proceeds will be used refinance loans that Wilburton had obtained previously to finance water and wastewater system improvement projects in past years.



June 17, 2014

Fairmont Receives OWRB Grant for Wastewater System Project Planning

The Town of Fairmont has received a $27,105.70 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to assist with the planning phase of a significant wastewater system improvement project.  The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on June 17. 



June 17, 2014

Fletcher Public Works Authority Receives OWRB Grant to Repair Collapsed Sewer Line

The Fletcher Public Works Authority has received a $21,471 emergency grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to repair a collapsed sewer line.  The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on June 17. 



June 17, 2014

Forgan Public Works Authority Receives OWRB Grant to Repair Water System

The Forgan Public Works Authority has received a $51,400 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure.  The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on June 17. 



June 17, 2014

Guthrie Public Works Authority Receives OWRB Loan to Expand Water Service to Coyle

The Guthrie Public Works Authority has received a $470,000 principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to help finance the expansion of water service to the community of Coyle.  The OWRB approved the loan during the agency’s monthly board meeting on June 17.  The loan proceeds will be used to construct a 7,100 feet water line to serve Coyle from an existing water line that currently connects Guthrie’s system to Langston University.



June 17, 2014

Hanna Public Works Authority Receives OWRB Grant to Improve Water System

The Hanna Public Works Authority has received a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure.  The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on June 17. 



June 17, 2014

Taloga Public Works Authority receives OWRB grant to expand water infrastructure

The Taloga Public Works Authority has received a $95,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure.  The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on June 17. 



State-of-the-Art Water Treatment Plant Opens in Broken Arrow


The City of Broken Arrow celebrated the opening of the Verdigris Water Treatment Plant with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 5. The new plant replaces the city’s existing facility, which was built in 1966.



May 19, 2014

Fairmont Receives Loan To Improve Water Infrastructure

The Fairmont Public Works Authority received a loan Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to help finance improvements to the community’s water system. The OWRB approved the $912,000 principal forgiveness loan during the agency’s monthly board meeting.



May 13, 2014

Funding Availability for Municipalities

EPA's Office of Wastewater Management is making available $335,000 in technical assistance for communities seeking technical support to develop an integrated planning approach to meeting Clean Water Act requirements for municipal wastewater and stormwater management.



May 13, 2014

Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day Set for May 19

The ninth annual Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day will be held May 19 at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) will host the event featuring water agency and organization booths and displays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Capitol’s 4th floor rotunda.



May 8, 2014

OWRB official selected for EPA federal advisory committee

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected Jennifer Wasinger, Assistant Chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, to serve on its Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB).



April 17, 2014

Norman Utilities Authority receives wastewater improvement loan from OWRB

The Norman Utilities Authority received a $50.3 million loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to facilitate improvements to the Norman Water Reclamation Facility. The OWRB approved the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan during the panel’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.



April 17, 2014

Mill Creek Receives Grant to Improve Wastewater System

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) awarded the Mill Creek Public Works Authority a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant on Tuesday to improvements to its wastewater system. The OWRB approved the grant during the panel’s regular monthly meeting this week.



April 17, 2014

Nash Receives Grant to Improve Water Infrastructure

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) awarded the town of Nash a $97,950 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant on Tuesday to finance improvements to the town’s water system. The OWRB approved the grant during the panel’s regular monthly meeting this week.



April 17, 2014

Rogers County Water District Receives State Grant to Improve System

Rogers County Rural Water District No. 16 received a $24,999 grant Tuesday to help finance expansion of the district’s water supply infrastructure. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) approved the funding during the panel’s regular monthly meeting this week.



March 20, 2014

Oklahoma Emergency Drought Relief Commission announces $1.125 million in grants to drought-stricken communities

With drought conditions entering their fourth year across much of western Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Emergency Drought Relief Commission announced today the award of $1,125,000 in Emergency Drought Relief (EDR) grants to four Oklahoma community water systems. The four community water systems receiving grants include the City of Altus for $575,000, the Guymon Utilities Authority for $200,000, the Hollis Public Works Authority for $100,000, and the Tipton Public Works Authority for $250,000.



March 19, 2014

OWRB Loan to Aid in Consolidation of Two Pittsburg County Water Districts

The Longtown Rural Water and Sewer District No. 1, a rural water and sewer district in northeastern Pittsburg County, received funding Tuesday to help finance infrastructure projects that will allow the district’s consolidation of Pittsburg County Rural Water District No. 4.



February 27, 2014

Oklahoma Water Resources Board Financial Programs Receive Triple-A Rating

Through AAA ratings and a successful bond sale, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board is set to continue helping finance water infrastructure improvements statewide. On February 25, the OWRB sold approximately $56.1 million in revenue bonds for its State Revolving Fund (SRF) bond programs.



February 24, 2014

Regional Water Conservation Measures to be Discussed at Water for 2060 Hot Spot Meetings

State water agency officials and planning specialists will hold a series of public meetings to share information and obtain feedback on water conservation strategies that could mitigate projected water shortages in Oklahoma’s most compromised areas.



February 18, 2014

Wewoka-Area Rural Water District Receives Grant To Replace Antiquated Water Meters

A Seminole County rural water district received a state grant Tuesday to replace its antiquated meters. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan grant to Seminole County Rural Water District #5 to finance the project.



February 18, 2014

Tulsa Receives $13.5M in Low-Interest Loans For Continuing Improvements to Sewer System

The City of Tulsa received a pair of low-interest loans Tuesday totaling $13.5 million to finance additional improvements to the municipality’s wastewater treatment system.



February 11, 2014

Garber-Wellington Hydrology Study Report Now Available

The Garber-Wellington Aquifer Water Management Study report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is now available. The study was coordinated by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) and funded through the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP) and federal funds from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and USGS, which also served as study partners. The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG), Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS), and Tinker Air Force Base, and other state and federal agencies also contributed the investigation.



January 21, 2014

Lenapah Receives REAP Grant For Sewer System Improvements

A town in northern Oklahoma received a state grant Tuesday to renovate some of its aged wastewater collection system.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded a $99,675 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant to Lenapah, in Nowata County. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



January 21, 2014

Optima Awarded REAP Grant To Rehabilitate Water Well

A Panhandle town received a six-figure state grant Tuesday to rehabilitate a faulty water well.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded Optima a $126,250 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant for the project. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



January 21, 2014

OWRB Awards REAP Grant to Fargo To Build New Water Storage Tank

A northwestern Oklahoma town received a state grant Tuesday to help finance construction of a tank that will triple the community's water storage capacity.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded Fargo a Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant for the project; the announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



January 21, 2014

Skiatook Receives Low-Interest Loan For Preliminary Work on Utility Project

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a $520,000 low-interest loan to Skiatook on Tuesday for preliminary work on improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment plants.



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