OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded the Ryan Utilities Authority a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan grant Tuesday.
The funds will be used to rehabilitate two water wells, including instrumentation and controls, OWRB records indicate. The project will enable Ryan, a Jefferson County town of approximately 820 residents, to blend groundwater from the wells with Waurika Lake water the community buys from the Waurika Public Works Authority.
The WPWA is under a consent order from the state Department of Environmental Quality to reduce its unacceptably high levels of total organic carbon and trihalomethanes, by-products of the water disinfection process.
“Most, if not all,” of the water systems that get water from Lake Waurika are under consent orders, said Erin Hatfield, the DEQ’s communications director. “They are required to issue Consumer Confidence Reports to all people they serve, to notify them of violations.”