Tiffin and Fostoria officials expect to be pursuing federal aid for sewer projects, should a $5 billion provision be included in a federal stimulus package.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and seven other senators are asking for $5 billion to be placed in a grant program in the federal aid package to help municipalities separate combined sewer systems.

"He's hopeful," said Meghan Dubyak, spokeswoman for Brown's office.

Dubyak said there already is $1.4 billion-$3.8 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater projects in rural areas in the federal aid plan.

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