WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners was awarded a $2,482,000 loan and a $2,128,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to construct a new wastewater collection system for the Village of Phillipsburg.

“Water and sewer infrastructure is critical to economic competiveness,” Brown said. “While all Ohioans deserve access to clean water, many communities are struggling to afford costly but necessary upgrades to water systems. These new resources will help the Village of Phillipsburg make long-overdue updates and maintain a modern sewage system that can help attract new jobs and economic development.”

Currently, wastewater from the Village of Phillipsburg is being handled by failing, on-site systems. The wastewater collection system to be built is using new funds that will convey wastewater to Dayton for treatment.

With many Ohio communities struggling to afford costly but necessary renovations to sewer systems, Brown is the author of legislation that would provide relief from high water rates to Ohio communities. The Clean Water Affordability Act would help communities make renovations to outdated sewer systems, while improving water quality and keeping rates affordable for residents and small businesses.

As Chair of the Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation, Brown has held more than 200 roundtables throughout the state, and is the first Ohioan to serve on both the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee.