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Press Release
February 18, 2015

Thomas Public Works Authority Receives $150,000 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Thomas Public Works Authority has been awarded a $150,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s wastewater infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency’s monthly board meeting on February 17.

The authority owns and operates a flow-through wastewater treatment lagoon system consisting of two lagoons that cover a total of approximately 5.37 surface acres. The primary lagoon covers of 2.87 surface acres, and secondary lagoons covers 2.5 surface acres. Both lagoons were originally constructed in a ravine that has been dammed up to form the two flow-through lagoons. However, to meet current state and federal requirements, the facility must be upgraded. The proposed project consists of the construction of a new four-cell flow through wastewater lagoon system, as well as all necessary related construction.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $270,000 in principal and interest charges, by not having to borrow the project funds. The project is also being funded through a $1,460,575 United States Department of Agriculture loan.

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 Darcy Jech and State Representative Harold Wright 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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