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Press Release
June 17, 2015

Dewey County Rural Water and Sewer District Receives $99,900 Grant from the OWRB

The Dewey County Rural Water District No. 3 received approval for a $99,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure.

The district produces water from a well field north of Mutual and serves its customers through two pump stations, two stand pipes and a distribution system with line sizes ranging from 2-inches to 6-inches in diameter.

The proposed project includes replacement of 10,560 linear feet of existing 2-inch diameter line with new 4-inch line, and the construction of a new 4-inch line to correct inadequate pressure. The project is necessary to correct a portion of the system that has been prone to consistent breaks and a second portion of the water system that has experienced inadequate water pressure.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $179,820 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 Senators Bryce Marlatt and Mike Schulz, as well as State Representatives Jeff Hickman and Mike Sanders, for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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