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Press Release
January 20, 2016

Sterling Public Works Authority Receives $59,930 Grant for Wastewater System Analysis

The Sterling Public Works Authority (Authority) in Comanche County received approval for a $59,930 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to analyze the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.

The Authority operates a sewer collection system that serves approximately 645 residents. The Authority is proposing a two-step remediation of their existing sewer system. The REAP grant will be used to accomplish the first step which includes the preparation of an analysis report and layout map of all manholes and sewer lines connected to each manhole. The second step will be to use the analysis to determine the order for manhole repairs.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $107,874 in principal and interest charges, by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $3.3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Don Barrington and State Representative Scooter Park for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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