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Press Release
April 23, 2015

Sperry Utility Service Authority Receives $75,715 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Sperry Utility Service Authority in Tulsa County has been awarded a $75,715 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 April 21.

The authority owns and operates a wastewater system serving 485 customers. The system consists of a collection system and a partially aerated lagoon system. The original sanitary sewer collection system was installed through a bond issue in 1955.

OWRB's REAP grant will be used to help fund the first of two project phases. The project consists of replacing 3,200 linear feet of 8-inch PVC sewer line, and installing a standby generator at one of the system's two lift stations. The project will also be funded in part through $28,527 from a Community Development Block Grant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $136,287 in principal and interest charges, by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $3.2 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Rick Brinkley and State Representatives Seneca Scott and Kevin Sean Roberts for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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