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Sun November 29, 2009

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Oklahoma City, OK – Stimulus money set aside for water projects

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Federal economic stimulus money will be used to fund more than 20 drinking water projects in Oklahoma.

The projects will include expanding old water treatment plants and services and bringing some providers into compliance with health and environmental standards.

The state Department of Environmental Quality and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board received $31.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money to bolster their revolving loan fund for drinking water projects.

Patty Thompson, the fund's engineering manager, says the money helped leverage more than $138 million in loans for projects across the state.

Local governments were able to get low-interest loans from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund drinking water projects.

Thompson says 60 contracts are being bid to complete construction on 23 projects statewide.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com