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Press Release
October 21, 2015

Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority Receives $28,330,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (Authority) received approval for a $28,330,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Installation of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan program.

The Authority will utilize the loan proceeds for multiple sewer system and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) improvements including: improvements to the nitrification treatment process at the Northside WWTP; replacement of the large spaced bar screens at the Apache Lift Station; construction of odor control improvements at Southside WWTP; replacement of equipment at the 71st St. dewatering facility; construction of a geo-membrane lined flow basin and the expansion of the effluent water pumping station at Haikey Creek WWTP; design of a new diffused aeration basin, blower building and blowers, piping, and other equipment at the Haikey Creek WWTP; and design and construction to repair and replace sewer lines system-wide.

After construction, the new effluent water pumping station will help the Authority further align operations with the statewide Water for 2060 goals by implementing wastewater infrastructure projects to allow for reuse of water for non-potable needs. By implementing repairs and replacing defective sanitary sewer lines the Authority is also able to reduce the amount of potential sewer overflows. With improvement to the Northside WWTP Nitrification system, the Authority will be able to maintain compliance with their current permit and Oklahoma's water quality standards.

The CWSRF loan shall be secured by with a lien on gross revenues of the Authority’s sanitary sewer and wastewater system less the general obligation wastewater bond contribution, all as set forth in the Wastewater System Lease and Operation and Maintenance Contract dated as of July 1, 1989 between the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority. The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included Bob Shelton, engineer for the City of Tulsa.

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 legislators from the Tulsa area for their support of the CWSRF program.

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