WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $2,998,500 to Belmont County for a wastewater treatment project. The funds will go toward rehabilitating the Fox-Shannon wastewater treatment and collection system, which will ensure the system meets water safety standards and create jobs in the area. USDA has also awarded a $9,359,000 loan for the project, bringing total funding to $12,357,500.
“Water infrastructure is critical to Ohio communities’ ability to create jobs and compete,” Brown said. “This investment will help attract jobs and businesses to the area, and improve access to safe and clean water in Belmont County.”
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 will continue to advocate for Rural Development programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.