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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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Winter Storm Rages, Causing Stress on Infrastructure

Water and wastewater systems are urged to contact SoonerWARN or ORWA officials in the event of an emergency due to winter storms. As the latest round of winter storms rage across Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Rural Water Association stresses the importance of being diligent as water and wastewater systems monitor their systems and urge all to …

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Governor Stitt Reinstates Open Meeting Act

Governor Stitt signed Senate Bill 1031 into law, reinstating temporary modifications to the Open Meeting Act allowing for virtual public meetings. As his first bill of the 2021 legislative session, Governor Kevin Stitt reinstated temporary modifications to the Open Meeting Act allowing for virtual public meetings including the same exemptions that were signed into law …

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Governor Stitt Address Infrastructure in State of the State Address

Governor Kevin Stitt addressed the importance of strong infrastructure during his State of the State Address saying, “A strong infrastructure is the backbone of a strong economy.” The Oklahoma Rural Water Association applauds Governor Stitt on his commitment of growing Oklahoma as a site for businesses to flock and are grateful for his understanding that …

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Trump Administration Invests $18.9 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in Oklahoma

Projects Will Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for Rural Residents and Businesses STILLWATER, OKLA., Sept. 22, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $268 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across 28 states. “USDA Rural Development is committed to making safe and reliable …

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Dewar Public Works Authority Honored for Sustainability Plan

  Governor Stitt issued a proclamation to the Dewar Public Works Authority for their commitment to sustainability in the water industry. Dewar Public Works Authority was presented with a proclamation from Governor Kevin Stitt on August 18, 2020 for compiling their long range sustainability plan and for implementing efforts to become more economically and environmentally …

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