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Press Release
June 17, 2015

Lincoln County Rural Water and Sewer District Receives $99,409 Grant from the OWRB

The Lincoln County Rural Water District No. 1 received approval for a $99,409 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.

Lincoln County Rural Water District No. 1 owns and operates a water supply and distribution system that has 170 water taps. The existing water supply is obtained from the Sparks Reservoir which was constructed in 1969. During the 2011-2012 drought, the water supply levels were greatly impacted. To address future water supply issues and to diversify the District's water supply options, the District proposes construction of three test wells which will serve as the first phase of constructing three production wells at a later date.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the District’s customers $178,936 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 Jason Smalley and State Representative Kevin Wallace, for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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