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Press Release
August 18, 2015

Town of Waukomis Receives $93,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Town of Waukomis received approval for a $93,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure.

Waukomis owns and operates a water supply and distribution system which serves a population of 620. The water sources for the community include nine water wells, as well as additional water purchased from the City of Enid. During Waukomis' high usage periods, the system has experienced the need to use higher amounts of water purchased from Enid to meet the community's daily needs. The proposed project includes drilling a new well near Waukomis's existing well field, and other related construction. The project will also include $6,900 in local funds for a total project cost of $99,900.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $167,400 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 Patrick Anderson and State Representative John Enns for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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