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December 20, 2016

Barnsdall Public Works Authority Receives $72,020 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Barnsdall Public Works Authority (Authority) in Osage County received approval for a $72,020 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's wastewater infrastructure.


December 20, 2016

Broken Arrow Municipal Authority Receives Two Loans from the OWRB for Water and Wastewater System Improvements

Broken Arrow Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $21,000,000 and a $7,185,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water and wastewater infrastructure.


December 20, 2016

Edmond Public Works Authority Receives $2,500,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Edmond Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,500,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to expand the Authority's water infrastructure. Construction to the water system will be financed both by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and local funds.


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.


December 20, 2016

Noble County Rural Water Sewer & Solid Waste Management District (RWS & SWMD) #4 Receives $99,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Noble County RWS & SWMD #4 (District) received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District's water infrastructure.


December 20, 2016

Osage County Rural Water District #22 Receives $17,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Osage County Rural Water District #22 (District) received approval for a $17,000 Emergency Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to conduct investigations to identify a viable water source for the District.


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).


December 14, 2016

OWRB Loan Program Receives AAA Rating; Significant Benefits to Water and Wastewater System Loan Borrowers

After an excellent credit rating and a successful bond sale, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) is ready to continue helping finance water and wastewater infrastructure improvements statewide. On December 7, the OWRB sold $16,435,000 in revenue bonds for its Financial Assistance Loan Program (FAP).


December 12, 2016

OWRB Named Top Oklahoma Workplace for Fourth Consecutive Year

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) has been selected as one of The Oklahoman's Top Workplaces for a fourth consecutive year. The Oklahoman's Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by a third party research firm that focuses on organizational health and employee engagement.


November 16, 2016

Coalgate Public Works Authority Receives $2,395,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

Coalgate Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $2,395,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to refinance debt originally issued to improve the community's water infrastructure.


November 16, 2016

Del City Municipal Services Authority Receives $21,000,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Del City Municipal Services Authority (Authority) received approval for a $21,000,000 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).


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.


November 16, 2016

Helena Public Works Authority Receives $370,000 Water System from OWRB

Helena Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $370,000.00 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water infrastructure.


November 16, 2016

Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust Receives $57,300,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust (Trust) received approval for $57,300,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) 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).


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).


October 13, 2016

Atoka Municipal Authority Receives $5,200,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Atoka Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $5,200,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to refinance debt originally issued to improve the Authority's water infrastructure. The Authority will utilize Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) proceeds to refinance two existing U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) loans. The original RD loans were issued for the construction of a new water treatment facility, rehabilitation of two lagoons, installation of three high service pumps, a new generator, and construction of approximately 9,500 feet of water line. That project has been completed, and through this action the Authority will create a significant savings for its customers who essentially pay-off the loan through their water payments.


October 13, 2016

Gore Public Works Authority Receives $885,000 in Water System Funding from OWRB

The Gore Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $885,000 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), a $125,000 Indian Health Services Grant, and $9,500 in local funds from the Authority.


October 13, 2016

Lawton Water Authority Receives $200,000 in Wastewater System Funding from OWRB

The Lawton Water Authority (Authority) received approval for a $200,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) for a feasibility study to evaluate the viability of using 5 million gallons per day of wastewater effluent for indirect potable reuse. The Authority will contribute approximately $600,000 for the study, while the loan proceeds through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) approved by the OWRB will qualify for principal forgiveness.


October 13, 2016

Pauls Valley Municipal Authority Receives $875,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Pauls Valley Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $875,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to secure the Authority's wastewater infrastructure. The Authority will utilize Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) proceeds to purchase the property on which the system's wastewater treatment lagoons are located as well as the property that they use for application of treated wastewater. The Authority believes it is in their best interest to purchase the property, which is currently leased, in order to secure a long term viable source for the system's wastewater disposal.


October 13, 2016

Gov. Fallin Statement on Appointment of Julie Cunningham as Interim Director of Water Board


September 20, 2016

Porum Public Works Authority Receives $780,000 Water Efficiency Loan from OWRB

The Porum Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $780,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.  Construction of improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program.


September 20, 2016

Depew Public Works Authority receives $32,718 Emergency Grant for Water System Improvements

The Depew Public Works Authority (Authority) in Creek County received approval for a $32,718 Emergency Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.


September 20, 2016

Bryan County Rural Water System (RWS) & Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) #2 Receives $1,900,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Bryan County RWS & SWMD #2 (District) received approval for $1,900,000 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) along with a $299,999 Community Development Block Grant administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.  The District will contribute up to $700,000 in local funds for the construction of the project.


August 12, 2016

OWRB Approves Historic Water Settlement at August Board Meeting

In their monthly August meeting today, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved by a unanimous vote the recently announced water rights settlement among the State of Oklahoma, Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, and the City of Oklahoma City. The agreement will now be considered and voted upon by each of the parties respectively, the Choctaw Council, Chickasaw Legislature, and the City of Oklahoma City, before it's presented to Congress and the Federal government for final approvals.


July 19, 2016

Notice of Change of Regular Meeting Date - KS-OK Ark River Compact Commission

The regular annual meeting of the Kansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Commission has been rescheduled from Wednesday, July 27, 2016, to Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The meeting location and time will be announced at a later time.


July 7, 2016

OWRB, OU Research Center Partner on Mapping Tool for Oklahoma Water Systems

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board has completed the initial phase of a project to map water and wastewater infrastructure in several communities and rural water districts throughout Oklahoma, and to provide the systems with a secure web-based map viewer to view their data.


June 29, 2016

Cleve Pierce Joins OWRB As Chief Of Administration

Cleve Pierce has been hired as Chief of Administration at the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB). At the OWRB, Pierce will be responsible for coordinating the agency's budget, as well as leading the agency's Administrative Division which includes managing OWRB's staff involved with information technology projects, geographic information systems, human resources and public information. Cleve replaces the OWRB's former Chief of Administration, Amanda Storck, who left the agency for the role of Vice President of Finance and Human Resources at the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.


June 22, 2016

McLoud Receives $39,250 Emergency Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The McLoud Public Works Authority (Authority) in Pottawatomie County received approval for a $39,250 Emergency Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's wastewater infrastructure. A recent collapse of a sewer system manhole near the Authority's lift station caused significant damage to the sewer line and forcemain that flow into the manhole. The damaged forcemain is used to transport wastewater from the nearby Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.


June 22, 2016

Broken Arrow Municipal Authority Receives $6,700,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Broken Arrow Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $6,700,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's ability to provide wastewater services for community residents and businesses.


June 15, 2016

OWRB Report Contains Water Quality Data from Over 1,300 Lake, Stream, and Well Sites in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) water monitoring staff has released the 2015 Beneficial Use Monitoring Program (BUMP) report 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 17, 2016

Goltry Public Works Authority Receives $50,200 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Goltry Public Works Authority (Authority) in Alfalfa County received approval for a $50,200 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's water infrastructure.


May 17, 2016

Stillwater Utilities Authority Receives $29,900,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Stillwater Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $29,900,000 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 13, 2016

Public Forum in Tahlequah to present Report on Illinois River Recreation and Fish Habitat Flows

On Thursday June 16, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 pm, officials and water planning specialists with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) are hosting a public forum at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center (100 N. Water St.) to report the results of the fish habitat modeling portion of the on-going Illinois River Instream Flow (ISF) Pilot Study. The meeting is the third in a series of public forums to share information and obtain feedback on the ISF Pilot Study being conducted on the Upper Illinois River (including Barron Fork and Flint Creeks) above Lake Tenkiller in eastern Oklahoma.


May 11, 2016

May is Flood Awareness Month in Oklahoma

Historically, the greatest number of Oklahoma flood disasters have occurred during the month of May. To help raise awareness about flood safety and floodplain management, Governor Mary Fallin has declared May to be "Flood Awareness Month" in Oklahoma on behalf of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) and several other agency and community partners.


April 19, 2016

Bryan County RWS & SWMD No. 6 Receives $99,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Bryan County Rural Water Sewer and Solid Waste Management District No. 6 (District) near Caddo, OK 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 19, 2016

Quinlan Community RWD No. 1 Receives $80,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Quinlan Community Rural Water District No. 1 (District) in Woodward County received approval Tuesday for an $80,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District's water infrastructure.


April 19, 2016

Sardis Lake Water Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Sardis Lake Water Authority (Authority) in Pushmataha County 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 water infrastructure. The Authority will use the funds to replace the filters at its water treatment facility, to repair the facility's control systems and other related construction needs.


March 22, 2016

Oklahoma's Water for 2060 Initiative Featured at White House Water Summit

The State of Oklahoma's Water for 2060 initiative was highlighted today as part of a first ever White House Water Summit to raise awareness of the importance of the nation's water-related challenges, as well as to highlight new solutions and commitments to building a sustainable water future. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board's Executive Director, J.D. Strong, was one of only a handful of State water directors invited to the White House event, where Oklahoma's Water for 2060 initiative was highlighted. More than 150 institutions also joined the Summit in announcing new efforts and on-going commitments to enhance the sustainability of water in the U.S. by managing water resources and infrastructure for the long term.


March 15, 2016

Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust Receives $65,550,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust (Trust) received approval for $65,550,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) 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).


February 17, 2016

Lehigh Development Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Lehigh Development Authority in Coal County 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 water infrastructure.


February 17, 2016

Okmulgee County Rural Water District No. 5 Receives $99,900 Grant for Water System Improvements

Rural Water District No. 5 in Okmulgee County received approval for a $99,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District's water infrastructure.


February 17, 2016

Pittsburg County Rural Water District No. 14 Receives OWRB Grant to Repair Water System

Pittsburg County Rural Water District No. 14 (District) received approval for a $55,000 Emergency Grant from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) on Tuesday to repair a portion of its water distribution system.


February 17, 2016

Waynoka Utilities Authority Receives $99,900 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Waynoka Utilities Authority in Woods County received approval for a $99,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's water infrastructure.


February 9, 2016

Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day Set for February 16

The eleventh annual Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day will be held Tuesday, February 16th at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) will host the event featuring water-related agency and organization booths and displays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Capitol's 4th floor rotunda. Water Appreciation Day presents a unique opportunity for water-focused groups to demonstrate the importance of Oklahoma's water resources as well as provide information on their water management, conservation, and educational programs for state legislators and other government officials.


January 20, 2016

Coyle Public Works Authority Receives $99,973 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Coyle Public Works Authority (Authority) in Logan County received approval for a $99,973 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's water infrastructure.


January 20, 2016

Langston Public Works Authority Receives $136,505 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Langston Public Works Authority (Authority) in Logan County received approval for a $136,505 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's water infrastructure.


January 20, 2016

Maud Municipal Authority Receives $39,999 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Maud Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $39,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's wastewater infrastructure.


January 20, 2016

Sterling Public Works Authority Receives $59,930 Grant for Wastewater System Analysis

The Sterling Public Works Authority (Authority) in Comanche County received approval for a $59,930 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to analyze the Authority's wastewater infrastructure.


January 20, 2016

Welch Public Works Authority Receives $57,868 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Welch Public Works Authority (Authority) in Craig County received approval for a $57,868 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's wastewater infrastructure.


January 8, 2016

Public Forum in Tahlequah to Present Updates on Illinois River Flow Pilot Study

On Thursday January 21, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 pm officials and water planning specialists with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) are hosting a public forum to present updates on the Illinois River Instream Flow Pilot Study. This is a follow-up to the meeting held in Tahlequah on January 22, 2015. The forum will take place at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center located at 100 North Water Street.



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