WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) announced today that the FY08 Omnibus Appropriations bill signed by the President recently included $250,000 for construction of a one-million gallon water storage tower in Ada, Okla.

“This funding is critical when you take into account how much Ada is growing,” Cole said. “Having access to water is vital for any community to survive, but with the Chickasaw Nation’s health facility coming soon and with other local businesses expanding, now is the time to plan for the future. Ada needs the reassurance that comes with having stored water on hand so that it can meet the needs of potential businesses looking to invest in the community.

“Once the city has the resources it needs to satisfy its water demands, Ada residents can look toward an even brighter future with more jobs available, greater economic growth and substantial area renovation.”

Cole has worked with the Ada Public Works Authority to secure funding for the water storage tower. The water will be used by a number of new development properties such as the Chickasaw Nation’s 370,000 square-foot health facility that will be constructed in the area.

In addition, the Ada Industrial Development Corporation and the Ada Jobs Foundation are working together to develop a 200-acre industrial site. The residential population of Ada will also grow as several new residential developments are slated to be built in the vicinity.

This federal assistance, provided for in the FY08 Omnibus Appropriations Act, was passed in the House and Senate late last week.

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