Rogers County Rural Water District No. 16 received a $24,999 grant Tuesday to help finance expansion of the district’s water supply infrastructure.
The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) approved the funding during the panel’s regular monthly meeting this week.
Created on March 28, 2011, the Rogers County RWD No. 16 currently has no water infrastructure. The district’s 17 current customers, and 30 potential customers, utilize individual water wells. The customers consistently deal with sulfur issues and an intermittent supply of water. To eliminate this problem, the district is planning to purchase water from Rogers County RWD No. 3. The proposed project includes the construction of 17,350 linear feet of 4-inch water line, 3,300 linear feet of 2-inch water line, and two master meters.
The project’s total cost is approximately $279,199, and the OWRB grant will be used in conjunction with additional funding from the following sources: $132,200 from Community Resource Group Loan; $10,000 REAP from Grand Gateway Economic Development Association; $82,000 CDBG from Oklahoma Department of Commerce; and $30,000 from the Cherokee Nation.
Charles and Megan Davis represented Rogers County RWD No. 16 at the OWRB meeting in support the grant application.
Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that Rogers County RWD No. 16 customers will save an estimated $44,998.20 by not having to borrow the funds.
Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $3 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.
“We are grateful to State Sens. John Ford and Sean Burrage, and State Reps. Marty Quinn, Ben Sherrer, and Chuck Hoskin for their support of our financial assistance programs,” said J.D. Strong, executive director of the OWRB.