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Press Release
December 20, 2016

Skiatook Public Works Authority Receives $10,350,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Skiatook Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $10,350,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Improvements to the sewer system and construction of a new wastewater treatment system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority will utilize the proceeds to make improvements at two existing lift stations which includes; alarm dialers, pump rails and brackets, new generators, transfer switches and security fencing. A new regional mechanical wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) at the existing Hominy Creek WWTF site will be constructed using loan funds as well. The project will consist of converting the existing Bird Creek and Hominy Creek WWTF lagoons into Flow Equalization Basins and the demolition of the existing Bird Creek and Oak & Osage liftstations. A new Bird Creek lift station and 12-inch forcemain will be constructed to serve the new plant.

The Authority is currently under an Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Consent Order for failure to meet discharge limits. The construction of this new plant will provide an economical and reliable means for the Authority to treat wastewater while meeting their long-term needs and assists in allowing for future system flexibility. The project will enable the Authority to treat wastewater more effectively and meet discharge limits thereby ultimately reducing the overall impact on the receiving stream.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $2,187,000 over the life of the 16-year loan, compared to traditional financing. The CWSRF loan will be secured with a lien on the Authority’s water and sewer system revenues and a once cent sales tax. Local officials attending the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included Dan Yancey, City Manager.

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 $3.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to State Senators Eddie Fields and J.J. Dossett and Representative Sean Roberts, for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Interim Executive Director of the OWRB.

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