DALLAS - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded over $11 million to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB). The grant is part of EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), a program that provides low-interest, flexible loans to communities to help them improve water quality and infrastructure.
"These revolving loan funds are some of the most effective tools we have for helping communities of all sizes achieve their clean-water goals," said Regional Administrator Ron Curry. "The money will go toward a variety of projects to help ensure all Oklahomans receive the clean, reliable water they deserve."
The OWRB will distribute the $11.33 million as low-interest loans to a variety of recipients, including municipalities and rural water districts. These groups will use the loans for projects such as replacing sewer lines, improving wastewater treatment facilities, and upgrading collection systems.
For 25 years, the CWSRF has served as the nation's largest source of water-quality financing, helping communities improve water quality, protect aquatic wildlife, protect and restore drinking water sources, and preserving our waters for recreational use. In recent years, CWSRF programs have provided about $5 billion per year to fund projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management.
For more information about EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/cwsrf/cwsrf_index.cfm