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Press Release
February 17, 2016

Okmulgee County Rural Water District No. 5 Receives $99,900 Grant for Water System Improvements

Rural Water District No. 5 in Okmulgee County received approval for a $99,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.

The District's water system is supplied by three water wells that are now experiencing problems supplying a sufficient amount of water during high usage periods. The project includes drilling an additional water well at a new location near the District's treatment facility, and connecting the well to the existing system. The grant will assist the District with providing a safe, and now more reliable, source of water to their customers.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the District’s customers $179,820 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 Roger Thompson, State Representative Jerry Shoemake, and State Representative Steve Kouplen for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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