Brown Announces $2,430,000 to Improve Water Quality in Schools, Disadvantaged Areas

Funds Will Assist Communities in Testing for Lead in Drinking Water & Making Investments in Public Water Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded two grants to the Ohio EPA through the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. The grants include: 

  • A “Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water” grant in the amount of $1,361,000, to assist local educational agencies in voluntary testing for lead contamination in drinking water at schools and child care programs; and
  • An “Assistance to Small and Disadvantaged Communities” grant in the amount of $1,069,000, to provide funds to help eligible entities make investments in public water systems to improve and protect water quality. 

“All Ohio communities should be able to count on clean, drinkable water year-round,” said Brown. “By investing in water infrastructure programs, we’re investing in the health of our kids as well as their future.” 

Brown has been a leader in ensuring all Ohioans have access to safe, clean drinking water. During consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill, Brown secured increased funding to reduce farmland runoff into Ohio water and ensured rural communities have access to funding for needed wastewater investments. His Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, signed into law in January, 2019, provides communities with increased flexibility when complying with Clean Water Act requirements for needed updates to sewer systems.