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Press Release
October 21, 2015

Hughes County Water District Receives $133,700 Water System Loan from OWRB

Hughes County Rural Water District No. 5 (District) received approval for a $133,700 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure. Installation of upgrades and improvements to the District's water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan program. The project funding also includes a $31,000 Rural Economic Action Program (REAP) grant.

The District will use the loan proceeds to acquire and install approximately 320 new auto read water meters with approximately 100 new meter boxes. These meters will replace current water meters and will be compatible with the existing auto read meters the system currently has in place.

The project focuses on improving water conservation and efficiency by reducing water loss in the District’s system. AMR’s provide leak detection alerts and could lead to increased water supply reliability because the system has a better understanding of potential vulnerabilities. The project will help meet the State of Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District's customers will save an estimated $199,000, over the life of the 16-year loan, compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan shall be secured by with a lien on the revenues of the District’s water system. Hughes County Rural Water District No. 5 officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included Phil Brown, consulting engineer.

The CWSRF program is administered by the OWRB with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The CWSRF program has approved approximately $1.3 billion in loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $3.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

J.D. Strong, executive director of the OWRB, expressed his sincere appreciation to State Senators Jason Smalley and Susan Paddack, and State Representative Tom Newell and Steve Kouplen, for their support of the CWSRF program.

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