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Press Release
May 17, 2016

Goltry Public Works Authority Receives $50,200 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Goltry Public Works Authority (Authority) in Alfalfa County received approval for a $50,200 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority owns and operates a water system consisting of a standpipe, a pump station, and water distribution lines that are mostly cast iron and some PVC. The Authority currently purchases its water supply from the town of Jet, Okla. The Authority's existing 4-inch cast iron waterlines are in need of replacement with new 6-inch PVC waterlines in order to reduce water loss and to improve water pressure. The OWRB REAP grant will fund the total estimated cost of the engineering and design portion of the project.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $90,360 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 Patrick Anderson and State Representative Jeffrey Hickman for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.

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