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Press Release
May 20, 2015

Copan Public Works Authority Receives $99,990 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Copan Public Works Authority in Washington County has been awarded a $99,990 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 May 19.

The Authority’s wastewater system includes a flow through lagoon system, a collection system consisting of 6 and 8-inch lines, and an irrigation system to land apply effluent during the summer months. The original lagoon system was constructed in the late 1970’s and was relocated by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1980’s to make way for the construction of Copan Lake. The lagoons are in need of improvement and the proposed project consists of rehabbing the affected areas, installing riprap, and other related construction.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $179,982in 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 John Ford and State Representative Travis Dunlap for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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