WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown today announced that $2,654,000 was awarded to the Village of Waldo to build a new wastewater treatment system in Marion County. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant funds will help to bolster rural development.
“Ohio’s rural communities and small towns face a heavy burden in financing the infrastructure projects that allow businesses to remain competitive,” Brown said, “This wastewater treatment project will also provide residents with a modern system to improve sanitation in Marion County.”
The funds will be used to build a new wastewater collection and treatment system. The 40-year USDA loan is awarded at a 2.5 percent interest rate.
Brown, along with then-Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH), authored the Clean Water Affordability Act in April 2009. The legislation aims to update the EPA clean water affordability policy to provide for a full and accurate representation of the financial impacts clean water investment programs place on communities struggling to meet federal regulations for improving water infrastructure. It would also provide grants to cash-strapped communities to make necessary renovations to so-called “combined sewage overflow” (CSO) systems - sewer systems that collect sanitary sewage and stormwater runoff in a single pipe system.
Studies indicate that for every $1 billion invested in infrastructure projects, between 35,000 and 50,000 jobs are created. Beyond job creation, investment in water and sewer infrastructure meets public health and safety needs and helps communities attract new businesses and residents.
Brown, an outspoken voice for Ohio’s rural communities, delivered the keynote address at the 2010 Rural Community Conference in Columbus last year.