ROOTSTOWN, OHIO – The Rootstown Water Service Company will make needed improvements to its water system thanks to newly-available federal resources. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Rootstown Water Service Company was awarded resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Rural Development Agency to relocate an existing water main and install an additional water main to connect the Rootstown water mains to the City of Ravenna’s water system.
“Clean water and efficient wastewater treatment are critically important infrastructure improvements that help drive economic growth throughout our state by attracting new businesses and residents,” Brown said. “In fact, access to safe and clean water is an economic development imperative.”
The USDA’s Community Facility Guaranteed Loan will provide $1,287,000 to make these water and sewer infrastructure improvements.
Brown, along with then-Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH), authored the Clean Water Affordability Act in April 2009. The legislation aims to update the EPA clean water affordability policy to provide for a full and accurate representation of the financial impacts clean water investment programs place on communities struggling to meet federal regulations for improving water infrastructure.