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Press Release
August 18, 2015

Hughes County Rural Water District Receives $31,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

Hughes County Rural Water District No. 5 (District) received approval for a $31,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.

The District owns and operates a water system which serves 336 water taps. The service area of the District was originally located solely within Hughes County. However, due to the District's growth, 80 percent of its customers are now located in Seminole County.

Most of the water meters in the system are aged and in need of replacement. To address this, the District is planning to replace the meters with new automatic meter reading (AMR) systems in two project phases. This proposed project is the first phase, and includes replacement of 124 meters with AMR’s, as well as other related construction as needed. Funding for the first phase of the project will also include $5,600 in local funds.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $55,800 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 Susan Paddack and State Representative Steve Kouplen for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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