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Press Release
April 19, 2016

Bryan County RWS & SWMD No. 6 Receives $99,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Bryan County Rural Water Sewer and Solid Waste Management District No. 6 (District) near Caddo, OK received approval Tuesday for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.

The District's water supply system, consisting of one water well and a distribution system, has reached its maximum level of capacity and is unable to meet demand. The nearest back-up system, the Town of Caddo, is not sufficient to meet the need due to its location on a low pressure plain. The proposed project includes drilling a new water well on land that has been purchased by the District and all other related construction and appurtenances. In addition to the OWRB's REAP grant, the project also includes $117,375 in local funding, and $262,374 in financing from Southern Oklahoma Development Association.

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 $3.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senator Josh Brecheen and State Representatives R.C. Pruett and Dustin Roberts for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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