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Press Release
October 13, 2016

Lawton Water Authority Receives $200,000 in Wastewater System Funding from OWRB

The Lawton Water Authority (Authority) received approval for a $200,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) for a feasibility study to evaluate the viability of using 5 million gallons per day of wastewater effluent for indirect potable reuse. The Authority will contribute approximately $600,000 for the study, while the loan proceeds through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) approved by the OWRB will qualify for principal forgiveness.

Due to the impacts of prolonged drought conditions over the last several years in the southwest region of Oklahoma, and in order to provide a long-term solution for possible future water supply shortages, a study to evaluate the viability of implementing water reuse capability of up to 5 million gallons per day by the Lawton Wastewater Treatment Plant effluent will be conducted. Three different alternatives to address shortages in water supplies will be evaluated, and will include a review of aquifer storage recharge, direct potable reuse, and indirect potable reuse.Lawton Water Authority’s officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included Afsaneh Jabbar, Director of Water and Wastewater.

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.

“We are grateful to State Senator Don Barrington and Representative John Montgomery, for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said J.D. Strong, executive director of the OWRB.

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