WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $200,000 to the Village of Wintersville to replace 7,926 linear feet of the city’s water lines in the Knolls neighborhood. The funds for this project will go toward improving water service for 71 households and four businesses, the purchase of new water meters, and the installation 14 new fire hydrants.

“Water infrastructure is critical to Ohio communities’ ability to be economically competitive,” Brown said. “This funding will help attract jobs and businesses to the area, and improve access to safe and clean water for Jefferson County residents. I will continue to advocate for resources that ease the burden on Ohio’s local governments so Ohioans in small and rural communities have access to reliable public water services."

ARC supports Ohio and twelve other states across Appalachia to stimulate local economies, provide job training, expand broadband access in rural areas, and support local infrastructure needs. In 2017, after President Trump’s budget proposed eliminating the ARC program entirely, Brown wrote to key leaders on the Senate Appropriations Committee calling for full funding for ARC. Brown has spoken out about the importance of ARC and against any cuts to the program.