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Press Release
January 20, 2015

Verden Public Works Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Verden Public Works Authority in Grady 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 Verden Public Works Authority owns and operates a water system that serves a population of 530. The proposed project consists of installation of 2,200 linear feet of 6-inch PVC water line to replace portions of the water system’s existing 4-inch PVC pipes. The 4-inch waterline will be plugged and abandoned while the new 6-inch line will be placed in a new location and connected to the existing water system.

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 Ron Justice and State Representative David Perryman 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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