Representatives of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board presented a check Friday to city officials at Konawa to finance protective measures at two of the town’s at-risk water wells.

State Sen. Susan Paddack and state Rep. Tom Newell presented the ceremonial check for $98,435 to Mayor Virginia Simms and Interim City Manager Joe Leeds on behalf of the Konawa Public Works Authority. Also attending the event in Konawa was Jennifer Wasinger, assistant chief of the Water Resources Board’s Financial Assistance Division.

The grant, from the state’s Rural Economic Action Plan program, will be used to extend the well casing and build an elevated platform for the pumps and controls on two of the town’s nine water wells, and to construct seven-tenths of a mile of water lines, blueprints show.

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