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Concern Regarding ‘High-Usage’ Water Customers Grows

The Oklahoma Strategic Alliance met to address growing concern over high-usage customers and systems’ ability to deliver to existing customers. Throughout the past year across Oklahoma, the rise of high-production, high-input industry operations has placed stress on water systems across Oklahoma, causing water industry leaders to gather to address this rising issue. A group of …

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ORWA Honored for Protecting Public Health

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality recognizes ORWA staff for their dedication to providing for Oklahoma’s rural communities. Oklahoma DEQ recognized the Oklahoma Rural Water Association on Friday, April 30 for their commitment to public health and to rural Oklahoma throughout the historic winter storms in February 2021. Together, ORWA, Oklahoma DEQ, the Oklahoma Water Resources …

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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Forgiveness Deadline

Friday, April 16, 2021 is the final day to apply for loan forgiveness consideration for water systems. Water and wastewater systems that qualify for SFY2022 Loan Forgiveness must apply by the close of business on Friday, April 16, 2021.  The deadline is for loan forgiveness consideration only requiring CWSRF Project Priority List submission for proposed …

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Water Systems Urged to Join Low-Income Household Water Assistance Meeting

Low-income households may qualify for assistance in paying their water bills after historic winter storms swept across Oklahoma in late February. As historic winter storms swept across Oklahoma in mid February, it left many Oklahomans facing higher than normal utility bills. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services recently announced that federal funding is available for …

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Red Star Rural Water District #2, Roger Mills County Honored

Governor Stitt issued a proclamation to Cherokee County Rural Water District commending their commitment to sustainability in the water industry. The Rural Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Management, District No. 2 Roger Mills County, Oklahoma (Red Star Water District) was presented with a proclamation from Governor Stitt on March 9, 2021 for compiling their long …

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Oklahoma Municipal League Becomes Value Alliance Partner

OML joins the Oklahoma Strategic Alliance as a Value Alliance Partner to better serve Oklahomans. The Oklahoma Municipal League formally joined the Oklahoma Strategic Alliance as a Value Added Alliance Partner. The Strategic Alliance now pools resources from the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, …

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Oklahoma Industry Leaders Donate Water to Oklahomans

Historic winter storms struck Oklahoma leaving some without water until Oklahoma water industry leaders stepped up to the plate. As historic winter storms swept across Oklahoma, many communities’ water supply was impacted due to frozen pipes leaving some Oklahomans without water while repairs were made. Several Associate Members of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association answered …

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Hughes County Rural Water District #6 Honored

Governor Stitt issued a proclamation to Hughes County Rural Water District #6 for their commitment to sustainability in the water industry. Hughes County Rural Water District #6 was presented with a proclamation from Governor Kevin Stitt on February 23, 2021 for compiling their Long Range Sustainability Plan and for implementing efforts to become more sustainable. …

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Rural Development Grants Available for Water Systems

Grants available to rural water systems to help restore and repair water lines after historic storms. The United State’s Department of Agriculture’s office of Rural Development has grants available to rural water systems that were negatively impacted by the historic winter storms Oklahoma saw last week. These Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants are available for …

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Bottled Water Available for Oklahomans Impacted by Winter Storms

Many have been contacting ORWA about water resources for rural water districts and communities across the State of Oklahoma. To request bottled water from Oklahoma Emergency Management & Homeland Security starts with the local system contacting the local Emergency Manager (EM). The local EM will be aware of resources already in the area, coordinate the …

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