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Below are press releases, sorted by year, issued by or involving the Water Resources Board. For more specific information, email Cole Perryman, Director of Communications.

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September 18, 2018

Broken Arrow Municipal Authority Receives $21,305,000 Loan from the OWRB for Water and Wastewater System Improvements

Broken Arrow Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $21,305,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure.



September 18, 2018

Haileyville Public Works Authority Receives $48,600 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Haileyville Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $48,600 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's wastewater infrastructure. The planning and design of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by 100% loan forgiveness through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



August 21, 2018

Meeker Public Works Authority Receives $60,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Meeker Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval Tuesday for a $60,000 loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The planning and design of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by 100% loan forgiveness through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



August 21, 2018

Logan County RWS & SWMD No. 1 Receives $1,000,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

Logan County RWS & SWMD No. 1 (District) received approval Tuesday for $1,000,000 in funding 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) along with $347,000 in local funds.



August 21, 2018

Inola Public Works Authority Receives $300,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

Inola Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval Tuesday for a $300,000 loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The planning and design of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by 100% loan forgiveness through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



August 21, 2018

Enid Municipal Authority Receives $66,500,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

Enid Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) for two separate loans totaling $66,500,000 to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. The Authority will utilize the first loan, a $20,000,000 loan financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), for engineering and design for the Kaw Lake water supply infrastructure project. The second loan request, a loan totaling $46,500,000 funded through the OWRB's Financial Assistance Program (FAP), will be utilized for right of way easement acquisition, water storage rights, and other associated program management costs.



August 21, 2018

East Central Oklahoma Water Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The East Central Oklahoma Water Authority (Authority) in Muskogee County received approval Tuesday for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.



August 21, 2018

Cotton County Rural Water District No. 2 Receives $5,000,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

Cotton County Rural Water District No. 2 (District) received approval Tuesday for $5,000,000 in funding from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure. Construction and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) along with $164,000 from an Indian Health Services (IHS) grant and approximately $958,221 in local funds.



August 21, 2018

Carney Public Utilities Authority Receives $104,850 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

Carney Public Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval Tuesday for a $104,850 loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Planning and design for improvements to the wastewater system will be funded by 100% loan forgiveness through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and $4,500 in local funds.



August 21, 2018

Calumet Public Works Authority Receives $1,100,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

Calumet Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval Tuesday for a $1,100,000 loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by $200,000 in loan forgiveness and a $900,000 loan from the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



July 5, 2018

OWRB and Partners Announce July is "Oklahoma Lakes Appreciation Month"

Oklahoma’s lakes are among the state’s most valuable natural resources as they provide drinking water, irrigation, energy, recreation, scenic beauty and wildlife habitat. To recognize lakes and reservoirs important role in Oklahoma’s quality of life, Governor Mary Fallin has proclaimed July as "Oklahoma Lakes Appreciation Month.""



June 19, 2018

Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority Receives $14,350,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (Authority) received approval for a $14,350,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



June 19, 2018

Stephens County Rural Water District No. 4 Receives $100,014 Grant for Water System Improvements

Stephens County Rural Water District No. 4 (District) received approval for a $100,014 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.



June 19, 2018

Okmulgee Municipal Authority Receives $7,450,000 Loan from the OWRB for Water and Wastewater System Improvements

Okmulgee Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $7,450,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure. The City of Okmulgee is facing several issues in both their water and wastewater systems related to aging infrastructure and malfunctioning units that reduce operability and treatment capacity.



June 19, 2018

Bromide Public Works Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

Bromide Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.



June 19, 2018

Norman Utilities Authority Receives $12,000,000 Loan from the OWRB for Water System Improvements

Norman Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for a $12,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.



June 19, 2018

Lawton Water Authority Receives $12,705,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

Lawton Water Authority (Authority) received approval for a $12,705,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



June 19, 2018

Cleveland Municipal Authority Receives $8,565,000 Loan from the OWRB for Water and Wastewater System Improvements

Cleveland Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for an $8,565,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure.



June 19, 2018

Cherokee Development Authority Receives $73,000 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

Cherokee Development Authority (Authority) received approval for a $73,000 Emergency Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.



June 19, 2018

Canadian County Rural Water & Sewer District No. 5 Receives $1,161,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

Canadian County Rural Water & Sewer District No. 5 (District) received approval for $1,161,000 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).



June 19, 2018

Adair Receives $99,900 Grant from the OWRB for Water System Improvements

The Town of Adair (Town) received approval for a $99,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Town’s water infrastructure.



June 5, 2018

OWRB Finalizes Annual Water Quality Reports from Lake, Stream, and Groundwater Sites Across Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) water monitoring staff announced the release of the agency's 2017 Beneficial Use Monitoring Program (BUMP) reports providing detailed physical, chemical, and biological water data from approximately 1,300 stream, lake, and groundwater well sites across Oklahoma. Created in 1998, BUMP provides data necessary for water quality management decisions by identifying impairments to the "beneficial uses" of Oklahoma's water resources, as well as determining causes for those water quality impairments.



May 16, 2018

Cornish Public Works Authority Receives $68,765 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Cornish Public Works Authority (Authority) in Jefferson County received approval Tuesday for a $68,765 Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) Emergency Grant to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.



May 16, 2018

Edmond Public Works Authority Receives $19,000,000 for Water System Improvements

The Edmond Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $19,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).



May 16, 2018

Jay Utilities Authority Receives $1,031,000 for Water System Improvements

The Jay Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,031,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).



May 16, 2018

Sapulpa Municipal Authority Receives $7,850,000 for Water System Improvements

The Sapulpa Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $7,850,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



May 9, 2018

May is Flood Awareness Month in Oklahoma

During May, Oklahoma's "Flood Awareness Month," the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB), the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association, and Governor Mary Fallin are calling on all Oklahomans to be flood prepared. While portions of western and northwestern Oklahoma continue to face exceptional drought conditions, a number of the state’s communities elsewhere have faced flooding recently due to heavy precipitation events. This demonstrates that floods can occur quickly even during otherwise dry conditions – a reality that helps make them the most common natural disaster in the U.S.



April 17, 2018

Alderson Public Works Authority Receives $79,999 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Alderson Public Works Authority (Authority) in Pittsburg County received approval for a $79,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.



April 17, 2018

Ellis County Rural Water District No. 1 Receives $99,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

Ellis County Rural Water District No. 1 (District) received approval Tuesday for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.



April 17, 2018

Pittsburg County Rural Water District No.14 Receives $1,033,500 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Pittsburg County Rural Water District #14 (District) received approval for $1,033,500 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) along with $2,691,000 in other funds.



March 13, 2018

Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day Set for March 20

The thirteenth annual Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20th in the 4th floor rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capitol from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The OWRB-hosted event will feature water-related agency and organization booths and displays.



March 8, 2018

March is Flood Insurance Awareness Month in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is no stranger to flooding. With its diverse geography and intense weather patterns, the state frequently experiences flood events that cause both the tragic loss of lives and significant property damage. Some Oklahoma communities have already faced floods in 2018. That's why the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association, and Governor Mary Fallin have teamed up to proclaim March as "Flood Insurance Awareness Month" in Oklahoma.



February 20, 2018

Canton Public Works Authority Receives $399,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Canton Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $399,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



February 20, 2018

Duke Municipal Authority Receives $98,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Duke Municipal Authority (Authority) in Jackson County received approval for a $98,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.



February 20, 2018

Grand Lake Public Works Authority Receives $700,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Grand Lake Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $700,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).



February 20, 2018

Okmulgee County Rural Water District No. 21 Receives $60,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Okmulgee County Rural Water District No. 21 (District) in Okmulgee County received approval for a $60,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.



February 20, 2018

Waurika Public Works Authority Receives $1,000,000 Loan from the OWRB

Waurika Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $1,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water infrastructure.



February 20, 2018

Wayne Public Works Authority receives $46,500 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Wayne Public Works Authority (Authority) in McClain County received approval for a $46,500 Emergency Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.



January 16, 2018

Cherokee Development Authority Receives $79,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Cherokee Development Authority (Authority) in Alfalfa County received approval Tuesday for a $79,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.



January 16, 2018

Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust Receives $52,500,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust (Trust) received approval Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) for $52,500,000 in funding to improve the Trust’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) along with $19,000,000 in other funds.



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