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Press Release
January 20, 2015

Canadian Public Works Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Canadian Public Works Authority in Pittsburg County 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 January 20.

The Canadian Public Works Authority owns and operates an extended aeration wastewater treatment plant located on the southwest side of the community. The wastewater collection system is comprised of mostly clay tile and some PVC pipe. Unfortunately, the system is under a Consent Order for inflow and infiltration issues in the collection system.

The grant will allow for the replacement of 1,300 linear feet of 8-inch PVC sewer lines, removal and replacement of three manholes, reconnection of approximately ten service connections, surface repair, and other related construction.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $179,998 in principal and interest charges, by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Larry Boggs and State Representatives Donnie Condit and Brian Renegar for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

Contact: Joe Freeman
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
(405) 530-8800

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