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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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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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Oklahomans Urged to Report Winter Storm Damage

State officials call for winter storm damage to be reported in order to qualify for additional federal funding. As Oklahoma begins assessing the damage caused by the historic winter storms, it is critical for businesses and individuals to report all winter storm damage so as to qualify for individual assistance by meeting minimum damage amounts. …

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Disaster Declaration Request Approved for Oklahoma

Water and wastewater systems to be included in technical assistance from federal aid packages.  President Biden approved Governor Stitt’s request to declare a federal disaster exists in all 77 Oklahoma counties due to the historic winter storm, clearing the way for federal aid to be directed to the state. FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, …

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Winter Storms Wreak Havoc on Water Systems

Record breaking winter weather creates challenges for utility providers across Oklahoma.  Throughout the state of Oklahoma, water systems face challenges caused by record breaking cold temperatures and ask residents to be patient as services are restored. The town of Dustin, Okla. found themselves without water after the mainline to their water tower froze and broke. …

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