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Press Release
December 20, 2016

Mountain Park Public Works Authority Receives $99,500 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Mountain Park Public Works Authority (Authority) in Kiowa County received approval for a $99,500 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority operates a water supply and distribution system, but purchases water from Snyder. That water is pumped by a booster station through a metering station, and stored in a standpipe. The outlet pipe of the standpipe is rusted, and has started to deteriorate in places. The standpipe is the only water storage tank for the entire town of Mountain Park. The proposed project includes sandbasting then repainting both the interior and exterior of the standpipe, replacing of the 8-inch standpipe outlet line, and other related construction as needed. The estimated cost of the project is $99,500.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB's Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $179,100 in principal and interest charges, by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $3.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to Senator Darcy Jech and Representative Charles Ortega for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said Julie Cunningham, OWRB Interim Executive Director.

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