WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $1,874,000 Community Facilities grant for the phased extension of water lines to the Canyon Park, Scott Cliff, and Ellsworth Road areas of Lake Milton in Mahoning County. The USDA is also awarding a $2,179,000 Community Facilities loan to finance the extension, bringing the total USDA funds available to $4,053,000. In addition to providing a new water source for the area, these lines will improve water delivery to 1,400 other households connected to the current water system.

“This is excellent news for Mahoning County,” Brown said. “This federal investment in the region’s infrastructure will not only improve the delivery of clean water to thousands of residents, but will also lead to more jobs and more efficient operations for local businesses. Projects like this help boost the economy.”

Roughly 150 homes in the project area currently receive water from private, individual water systems that don't have an adequate source of quality water. Once completed, the area's more than 3,700 rural residents will have an adequate and safe source of drinking water, improving quality of life and encouraging future economic growth in the Lake Milton area. The project includes $168,900 in applicant contributions, bringing the project total to $4,221,900.

The funds for this project are a part of the USDA’s Rural Development initiative. Brown helped secure a strong Rural Development title in the 2014 Farm Bill, and is continuing to advocate for Rural Development programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.