OKLAHOMA CITY – The Orlando Public Works Authority (Authority) in Logan County received approval Tuesday for a $91,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.
The Authority has experienced a rise in the groundwater table in parts of its service area which has caused groundwater intrusion into the system’s sewer lagoons. These funds will be used to install a system to help remove excess water from the sewer lagoon. The estimated cost of the project is $647,500 which will be funded with a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $296,000, local funds of $260,500, and the OWRB’s REAP Grant .
Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the Authority’s customers $163,800 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $4.6 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.
“We are grateful to Senator Chuck Hall and State Representative John Pfeiffer for their continued support of water and wastewater infrastructure funding in Oklahoma,” said Julie Cunningham, OWRB Executive Director.