The Oklahoma Water Resources Board issued two grants to water utilities in Osage County on Wednesday.
The Barnsdall Public Works Authority received a $72,020 Rural Economic Action Plan Grant, and Osage County Rural Water District No. 22 received a $17,000 Emergency REAP grant.
The Barnsdall Public Works Authority owns and operates a 2-cell were lagoon with a cascade aerator wastewater treatment system.
The wastewater treatment system is operating under a consent order from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality because it is isn’t meeting disinfection requirements.
The proposed project includes completing the engineer design, survey, planning and construction inspection of a disinfection system. The estimated project cost is $72,020.
The Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s Financial Assistance Division Chief Joe Freeman calculates the grant will save Authority customers $129,636 in principal and interest charges because it will not have to borrow the project funds.
Osage County Rural Water District No. 22 received the $17,000 grant to identify a viable water source for the district, which doesn’t have a water source or distribution lines in place.
Residents obtain water through on-site wells, rainwater collection and hauling potable water.
The emergency grant will be used to prepare an Environmental Information Document and conduct a geotechnical investigation for the drilling of groundwater wells.
The projected project cost is $20,000, which will include $3,000 in local funds.