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Press Release
July 21, 2015

Gracemont Public Works Authority Receives $79,891 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Gracemont Public Works Authority (Authority) in Caddo County received approval for a $79,891 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure.

The Authority has two water wells that draw water from the Rush Springs Aquifer. Currently, only one of those wells is a reliable source of water, and is being used to meet the community's entire water demand. The second well is producing sand, and the water is not usable. The proposed project includes jetting-out the impaired well followed by the installation of a new vertical turbine pump, an 8-inch casing, and a well screen in the existing bore hole in order to utilize a gravel pack to mitigate the sand turbidity problems.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $143,804 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 Darcy Jech and State Representative David Perryman for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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