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Press Release
July 21, 2015

Porter Public Works Authority Receives $79,900 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Porter Public Works Authority (Authority) in Wagoner County received approval for a $79,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure.

The Authority recently conducted a study to evaluate unaccounted water loss in its water system. To address the loss, the Authority is planning to replace all the 690 meters in its system with new automatic meter reading (AMR) systems over two project phases. The proposed project is the first phase which includes the replacement of 350 AMR’s, and other related equipment necessary for system monitoring.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $143,820 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 Senator Kim David and State Representative Wade Rousselot for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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