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Press Release
February 17, 2016

Lehigh Development Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Lehigh Development Authority in Coal County received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority's water distribution system consists of one standpipe, multiple water wells and water meters. The existing distribution system has aging water lines, fire hydrants, and valves that need to be replaced to maintain safe and efficient service to water users. The Authority is proposing to use the grant to replace approximately 1,200 feet of lines, valves, fire hydrants, and all other related construction as necessary. The water system improvements will greatly improve the capacity to efficiently provide clean, quality drinking water to Lehigh.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $179,998 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 Josh Brecheen and State Representative Donnie Condit for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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