DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — More than $70 million in federal funds have been set aside for tribal water projects.

Tye Baker is the Choctaw Nation's senior director of Environmental Protection Services. He said the money can be used to improve water infrastructure.

"It's really beneficial for the Choctaw Nation as well as all of southeastern Oklahoma," he said.  "A lot of our treatment processes, our distributions systems are antiquated; they are 40 to 50 years old, so we can go out and put new pumps and pipes into the ground, and make sure that water is treated up to the standard that our customers deserve."

Baker believes these types of projects will ultimately help improve the quality of life for tribal members.

"Make sure we are getting clean water in quantity that we need to grow our businesses," Baker said.

The Choctaw Nation will work with federal agencies to apply for some of the funds.

"We aren't really sure when that money will be available, but when it is, we will have projects ready," Baker said.