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Press Release
February 17, 2016

Waynoka Utilities Authority Receives $99,900 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Waynoka Utilities Authority in Woods County received approval for a $99,900 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 system consists of a standpipe, two water wells and multiple water distribution lines. A majority of the distribution lines, which are cast iron pipes, are leaking and in need of replacement. The Authority's project will include replacing a section of the 4-inch line with a new 6-inch PVC line, and installing an automated meter reading system for all water meters. The water system improvements will greatly improve the capacity to efficiently provide clean, quality drinking water to the community.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $179,820 in principal and interest charges, by not having to borrow the project funds. The project will be completed with an additional $86,200 in local funds, and a Community Development Block Grant totaling $186,100. 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 Bryce Marlatt and Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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