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Press Release
July 21, 2015

Stonewall Public Works Authority Receives $98,700 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Stonewall Public Works Authority (Authority) in Pontotoc County received approval for a $98,700 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure.

Stonewall Public Works Authority owns and operates a water system which serves a population of 470, and is supplied by three water wells. Currently, there is one fully operational well, one partially operational well, and one that is out-of-service. The wells together barely produce a maximum daily use of 105 gallons per minute, and do not produce any reserve capacity. If one of the wells is shut down for maintenance, there will be a water shortage in the community. To help correct the issue, the proposed project includes installing new submersible pumps, a control panel, piping improvements, new buildings at Well No. 2 and Well No. 3, and other related construction.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $177,660 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 Susan Paddack and State Representative Todd Thomsen for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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