Northeastern Oklahoma lands federal grant

Wednesday, October 4th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

COLLINSVILLE, Okla. (AP) _ A rural water district in Washington County has secured a $1.05 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.

Washington County Rural Water District No. 3 submitted the successful application for the funds, which will be used to improve the district's existing water system. The federal loan will be leveraged with a $708,000 contribution by the district.

``Providing an adequate supply of safe, clean drinking water to everyone in rural Oklahoma is one of our agency's goals,'' Charles P. Rainbolt, state director of USDA Rural Development, said.

``The Washington County Rural Water District No. 3 should be commended for their efforts in meeting the water needs in this area and we are glad to be able to assist them through the water and waste program,'' Rainbolt said.

The water district has been growing rapidly and is experiencing water pressure problems in several areas. Improvements will include renovation of the water treatment plant, construction of a new pump station and about 2,700 feet of raw water intake lines.

The improvements should correct water pressure problems as well as improve the treatment plant's capacity.