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Press Release
August 18, 2015

Avant Utilities Authority Receives $36,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Avant Utilities Authority (Authority) in Osage County received approval for a $36,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority, which serves a population of about 320, receives water from the Avant Lake and treats the water at their slow sand water treatment facility. The system's two existing 22,000-gallon potable water storage tanks were constructed in 1968. In 2013, the Authority completed an assessment of the storage tanks' condition which demonstrated a need for improvement.

The proposed project includes construction of two new 60,000-gallon potable water storage tanks, new influent and effluent water lines, as well as other related construction. The project will receive additional funding, including a $300,500 Community Development Block Grant and $5,000 in local funds, for a total project cost $341,500.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the REAP grant will save the Authority’s customers $64,800 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 Eddie Fields and State Representative Sean Roberts for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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