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Press Release
May 17, 2016

Stillwater Utilities Authority Receives $29,900,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Stillwater Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $29,900,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Authority will use the funding to construct multiple water system and water treatment plant improvement projects including: construction of two new booster pump stations; construction of 10,500 linear feet (LF) of 24-inch waterline from the intersection of SH-51 and Country Club Rd. to the intersection of Range Rd. and W. 19th Ave.; construction of 12,800 LF of 12-inch waterline from the intersection of Range Rd. and 19th St. to the new 44th Ave. water storage tower; construction of a new 1 million gallons per day (MGD) water storage tower at the intersection of Range Rd. and W. 44th Ave.; construction of a new 1 MGD water storage tower just west of the intersection of McElroy and Western Rd.; and pump upgrades to the Stillwater Water Treatment Plant.

The various projects will benefit Stillwater residents' and businesses' water supply, water quality, and public health while insuring compliance with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality's (ODEQ) operational standards for water distribution system pressure.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,631,000, over the life of the loan, compared to traditional financing. The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and electric revenues as well as a one cent sales tax. Stillwater Utilities Authority’s officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included Bill Millis, Stillwater Water Utilities Director.

The DWSRF program is administered by the OWRB and the ODEQ with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The DWSRF program has provided approximately $1.0 billion in drinking water loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $3.4 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

J.D. Strong, executive director of the OWRB, and Scott Thompson, executive director of the ODEQ, express their sincere appreciation to State Senator James Halligan and Representatives Lee Denney and Cory Williams for their support of the DWSRF program.

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