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Press Release
November 16, 2016

Enid Municipal Authority Receives $15,000,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

Enid Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $15,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to complete Phase II of the Kaw Lake Development Program which will consist of design engineering, environmental review and refining the overall program cost estimates for project implementation.

The City of Enid (City) presently obtains raw water from 124 active wells located in five well fields and operates two water treatment plants to serve its customers. The City’s annual water demand has begun to exceed the annual yield of the existing ground water supply. The City initiated a Water Master Plan to address the supply gap. Based on the recommendation from the Water Master Plan to solve the problem, the City elected to pursue a new water supply from Kaw Lake which has a dependable yield to serve the City’s needs. The proposed project consists of establishing program management controls and processes, conducting an environmental assessment, developing 30% of the design solution for the intake pump station, pipeline alignment, terminal storage reservoirs, water treatment plant and distribution interfaces, and developing construction cost estimates and other related design and appurtenances to serve the City. The estimated Phase 2 cost of the project is $15,000,000.

According to Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $3,011,000 over the life of the 30-year loan when compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a two cent sales tax and a lien on the water, sewer and sanitation system revenues. Local officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included: Bill Shewey, Mayor; Jerald Gilbert City Manager; and Chris Gdanski, City Engineer.

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 Patrick Anderson and Representative John Pfeiffer, for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Interim Executive Director of the OWRB.

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