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Press Release
October 13, 2016

Gore Public Works Authority Receives $885,000 in Water System Funding from OWRB

The Gore Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $885,000 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), a $125,000 Indian Health Services Grant, and $9,500 in local funds from the Authority.

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to construct a new raw water pump station with two 700 gallon per minute (gpm) pumps for the delivery of water to treatment facility. Approximately 8,100 linear feet of new 8-inch water line and a new master meter will be installed in order to provide water to Sequoyah County Rural Water District (RWD) No. 5. The clearwell for Seqouyah Co. RWD No. 5 will be rehabilitated by adding one 100 gpm pump, replacing the two existing pumps, painting the exterior, and adding a level control valve in the clearwell.

The Sequoyah Co. RWD No. 5 water treatment facility does not meet Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) standards or capacity and is beyond its useful life, therefore, it will be abandoned after the project is completed. The project will help meet the State of Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by providing central water supply sharing and treatment through regionalization of separate water systems.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,580,000 compared to traditional financing. Attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included Horace Lindley, Town Administrator.

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 Wayne Shaw and Representative Ed Cannaday for their support of the DWSRF program.

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