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Press Release
June 22, 2016

Broken Arrow Municipal Authority Receives $6,700,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Broken Arrow Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $6,700,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s ability to provide wastewater services for community residents and businesses.

The Authority will use the funds for design and construction of improvements project at the Haikey Creek wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The Haikey Creek WWTP is owned and operated by the Regional Metropolitan Utility Authority. Both the Authority and the Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (TMUA) utilize the Haikey Creek WWTP for treatment and discharge of a portion of the wastewater collected by their respective wastewater conveyance systems.

Specifically, loan proceeds will be used to design a new activated sludge diffused aeration basin, a blowers building and blowers, necessary piping and other equipment. The existing brush aerator system is aging and and is extremely maintenance intensive. The proposed project will consist of constructing a new geo-membrane lined flow equalization basin (FEB) and expanding the effluent water pumping station. The new FEBwill increase the overall storage capacity from 12 million gallons (MG) to 30 MG which will help with efforts to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in the collection system as well as at the Haikey Creek Lift Station. Once complete, the new effluent water pumping station will help the Authority further align its operations with the State of Oklahoma's Water for 2060 goals by implementing wastewater infrastructure improvements that allow for the reuse of treated wastewater for non-potable needs. The Authority’s request for $6.7 million is 50% of the total project cost. The other 50% will be funded by TMUA.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $877,000.00, over the life of the 25-year loan, compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the revenues of the Authority’s water, sewer, and sanitation system, as well as a 1 cent sales tax. The Authority’s Director of Utilities, Anthony Daniel, attended the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application.

The CWSRF program is administered by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board with partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Oklahoma utilizes the CWSRF 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, expressed his sincere appreciation to state legislators from the Broken Arrow and Tulsa area for their support of our financial assistance programs.

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