Govt. may help cities pay for sewer projects

Zanesville Times Recorder

ZANESVILLE -Legislation introduced by Ohio's senators this week could eventually help cities like Zanesville, which struggle to find funds for upgrades to aging infrastructure.

U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown introduced the Clean Water Affordability Act (S.3443), legislation aimed at updating the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) outdated clean water affordability policy which puts undue strain on the budgets of local communities and their residents.

"I think it is clear that we are facing an environmental and public health crisis in this country when it comes to water infrastructure," Voinovich said. He said the legislation provides a realistic approach for defining a local utility's financial capability regarding long-term control plans "and ensures that such control programs are truly affordable for the utility's ratepayers."

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