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Press Release
September 20, 2016

Bryan County Rural Water System (RWS) & Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) #2 Receives $1,900,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Bryan County RWS & SWMD #2 (District) received approval for $1,900,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.  Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) along with a $299,999 Community Development Block Grant administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.  The District will contribute up to $700,000 in local funds for the construction of the project.

The District will utilize the proceeds to construct a 500,000 gallon elevated water tank and install 5,500 linear feet of 12-inch water line. It is anticipated that the water quality of the system will be improved by the replacement of the old tank. By constructing a new tank it will not only improve the water quality but greatly benefits the District by helping to improve the capacity and pressure within the system.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $532,000 over the life of the 30-year loan, compared to traditional financing.  The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the Districts water revenues.  Bryan County RWS & SWMD #2’s officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included Regina Clinton, Office Manager.

The DWSRF program is administered by the OWRB and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (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 Josh Brecheen and Representative Bobby Cleveland for their support of the DWSRF program.

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Contacts:
 Joe Freeman
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
(405) 530-8800
Joe.Freeman@owrb.ok.gov

Gregory Carr
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
(405) 702-8100
Gregory.carr@deq.ok.gov


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