State okays $66 million in water improvements to 7 cities

Nearly $66 million in water improvement loans and grants were made this month to 7 different cities by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

The loans were made to improve water and wastewater infrastructure.

The largest loan totaled $56,950,000 for the Broken Arrow Municipal Authority and came from the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Financial Assistance Program.

Broken Arrow intends to use the money to make improvements in connection to its Battle Creek water treatment plant, the Haikey Creek Wastewater treatment plant and basin and the Lynn Lane treatment plan. Money will also be used for the city’s water metering infrastructure.

Bartlesville was given a loan of $8.2 million for infrastructure improvements.

Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

The Authority is implementing indirect water reuse of their current wastewater discharge, and will utilize the loan funds to construct a new effluent pump station, a cascade, and a new treated effluent pipeline from the wastewater treatment plant to a secondary discharge location on the Caney River. This project helps to meet Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by focusing on water conservation and efficiency on the Caney River.

Other water improvement loans or grants included $220,000 to the Eufaula Public Works Authority; $91,000 to the Orlando Public Works Authority in Logan County; $161,000 to the Stroud Utilities Authority; $64,415 to the Quartz Mountain Regional Water system; $153,395 to the Westville Utility Authority; and a $88,923  grant to the Jet Utilities Authority.