Caddo Public Works Authority receives $1,000,000 grant for wastewater systems improvement


OKLAHOMA CITY –The Caddo Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $1,000,000 in funding 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 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.
The Authority owns and operates an 11-cell wastewater lagoon system. The proposed project consists of repairing five of the lagoon cells to meet slope requirements and install rip rap to prevent erosion in the lagoon walls.
Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the Authority’s customers will save an estimated $1,567,500 compared to traditional financing.
The ARPA grant program is administered by the OWRB with funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and appropriated through the Water and Wastewater American Rescue Plan Act grants program. This OWRB program has been structured to provide communities and other eligible entities with the financial resources necessary to address water and wastewater infrastructure needs within their systems. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $7.1 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.
“We are grateful to State Senator David Bullard and State Representatives Justin Humphrey and Cody Maynard for their continued support of our financial assistance programs,” said Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of the OWRB.
“I am grateful to the OWRB for their support and recognition of the importance of addressing these challenges in our Caddo wastewater system,” Rep. Cody Maynard said. “This grant will enable us to undertake vital repairs that are essential for the health of our citizens and the sustainability of our wastewater treatment for years to come.”

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