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Press Release
November 16, 2016

Wagoner County Rural Water District #5 Receives $4,270,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Wagoner County Rural Water District #5 (District) received approval for $4,270,000 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).

The District will utilize the proceeds to construct a one million gallon water storage tank and various waterline improvements. Water treatment improvements being made at the plant include; removal of residual solids from existing lagoon, construction of an activated carbon (PAC) feed system, computer upgrades and remote telemetry. The project will help increase pressure and eliminate the need for a booster pump station. The new PAC handling facilities at the water treatment plant will bring the system into compliance with Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODQ) water quality standards.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the District’s customers will save an estimated $1,277,000 over the life of the 30-year loan. The DWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the District’s water system revenues. District officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included: Arvil Morgan, District Manager; Denette Hughes, Office Manager; and Jason Snelson, Distribution Supervisor.

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.

Julie Cunningham, Interim Executive Director of the OWRB, and Scott Thompson, Executive Director of the ODEQ, express their sincere appreciation to State Senator Earl Garrison and Representative Wade Rousselot for their support of the DWSRF program.

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