OWRB approves $27.9 million for seven projects

 

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board recently approved nearly $28 million in funding for seven water and wastewater projects around the state.

The projects are in Wellston, McLoud, Gotebo, Billings, Shawnee Wagoner County and Hartshorne.

The Board listed the following as recipients of the funding.

Wellston Public Works Authority receives $2,695,000 loan for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements

Wellston Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval Tuesday for a $2,695,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB).

The Authority will use the funds to construct a new lift station, to replace water and sewer lines, and to refinance Rural Development indebtedness which was incurred for previous water and sewer system improvements.


McLoud Public Works Authority receives a $6,475,000 loan from the OWRB for wastewater system improvements

McLoud Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval Tuesday for a $6,475,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their wastewater infrastructure. The Authority will use the funds for the installation of new headworks, two new sewer lift stations, and new sewer lines.

The Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,321,400 over the life of the 30 year loan compared to traditional financing.


Gotebo Public Works Authority receives $99,250 grant for water system improvements

The Gotebo Public Works Authority (Authority) in Kiowa County received approval Tuesday for a $99,250 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.

The Authority has an aging water system which includes 4-inch dimaeter sand-cast lines that have  deteriorated and are in need of repair. The proposed project will replace the water lines and install fire hydrants. The estimated cost of the project is $99,250.


Hartshorne Public Works Authority receives $2,775,000 refinance loan from OWRB

Hartshorne Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval Tuesday for a $2,775,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB).

The Authority will use the funds to refinance indebtedness which was previously used for the rehabilitation of a wastewater treatment plant, the construction of two new lift stations, and the replacement of a portion of the sewer collection system.

The Authority’s customers will save an estimated $465,0000 over the life of the 30-year loan compared to traditional financing.

Shawnee Municipal Authority receives $13,500,000 for Wastewater System Improvements

The Shawnee Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval Tuesday for $13,500,000 in funds from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The Authority plans to use $1.5 million of the approved funds to construct approximately 12.4 acres of wetland, as well as a sedimentation forebasin, which is designed to reduce sedimentation into the Wes Watkins Resevoir.

A review of the watershed and land-use nearby revealed that “erosion and sediment delivered from past, present, and future sources entered the (Wes Watkins) lake through Deer Creek and that land owned by the Pottawatomie County Development Authority (PCDA) between the reservoir headwaters and I-40 could help to reduce sedimentation to the watershed.”

Wagoner County RWSG & SWMD No. 4 receives $3,550,000 loan for Water Funding from OWRB

Wagoner County Rural Water, Sewer, Gas, and Solid Waste Management District No. 4 (District) received approval Tuesday for a $3,550,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB).

The District will use the funds to refinance a significant portion of indebtedness that the District previously incurred for the construction of an eight million gallon per day water treatment plant. The original financing was through USDA-Rural Development and a separate bank loan.

The District’s customers will save an estimated $615,800 over the life of the 24 year loan compared to traditional financing. The loan shall be secured with a lien on the revenues of the District’s water, sewer, and sanitation systems as well as a mortgage.

Billings Public Works Authority received $79,999 grant for water system improvements

The Billings Public Works Authority (Authority) in Noble 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.

The Authority has completed an initial project to replace aging water meters withan Automated Meter Reading System (AMRs). The proposed project will complete the installment of the remaining AMR meters. The estimated cost of the project is $79,999.

The grant will save the Authority’s customers $101,499 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $5.1 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

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