Nov 17, 2014

EPA Funds Drinking Water Improvements in Oklahoma

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund gives low-interest loans for drinking water projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $14,226,000 to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) to fund drinking water systems throughout the state. The amount is awarded through EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), which gives states low-interest, flexible loans for drinking water projects.

ODEQ will use the funds to provide loan assistance to eligible public water systems for infrastructure improvements, technical assistance for small systems, program management, and administrative assistance. Earlier this year, Oklahoma received an additional $11.33 million from EPA for clean water projects.

Since 1996, the DWSRF has helped provide the nation’s community water systems with funding to install and improve drinking water infrastructure and treatment facilities. The program emphasizes providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities to ensure they can provide safe drinking water to their customers.

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