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Press Release
July 21, 2015

Perkins Public Works Authority Receives $615,000 Water System Loan from OWRB

The Perkins Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $615,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure. Installation of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan program.

The Authority will use the funds to replace the current water meters with meters containing encoded registers compatible with Automated Meter Reading (AMR) functionality and a “drive-by” receiver installed in a vehicle.

The project focuses on improving water conservation and efficiency by reducing water loss in the Authority's system. AMR’s provide leak detection alerts, thereby reducing unintended flows to the Authority's wastewater system. Additionally, AMR’s could lead to increased water supply reliability because the system has a better understanding of potential vulnerabilities. The project will help meet the State of Oklahoma's Water for 2060 goals.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Perkins Public Works Authority’s customers will save an estimated $380,500, over the life of the loan repayment period, compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority's water and sewer systems, and a one-cent sales tax. Perkins officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included Bob Ernst, City Manager, Rashel Carnefix, City Clerk, and Michael Taylor, project engineer.

The CWSRF program is administered by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma utilizes the CWSRF program to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma 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 James Halligan and State Representative Lee Denney for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said J.D. Strong, executive director of the OWRB.

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