TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KTEN) — The City of Tishomingo has been approved for its third installment of grant funds — this time, more than $8 million worth — from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

The city has also received some financial help from Indian Health Services and the Chickasaw Nation for two projects years in the making: A permanent water line and a new wastewater treatment plant.

"The grant money we received takes a burden off the homeowners and businesses in Tish from having large increases in their water rates," said City Manager Troy Golden. "Had the city of Tish had to spend this money, that would've came from the citizens of Tishomingo directly."

Both of the water infrastructure projects are fully funded. City officials have cited a need for these infrastructure improvements for years, and when they're officially completed, they hope the stability will draw more people to Johnston County.

"Room for more housing, larger schools, as well as new businesses... now that these have been addressed, and once implemented, we can really focus on things like streets, parks and other areas to make the City of Tishomingo better," Golden said.