WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development has awarded a $3,324,000 loan and a $1,576,000 grant to the Village of McComb through its Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funds will be used to replace the Village’s water treatment system and create a water extension line that will extend to 60 other users from the village of North Baltimore to McComb. The project also includes the creation of a Harmful Algal Bloom General Plan for the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed.

“Strong water and sewer infrastructure is critical to Ohio communities’ ability to stay both healthy and economically competitive,” Brown said. “This funding will improve access to safe and clean water for residents of Hancock County. I will continue to advocate for resources so that Ohioans in small and rural communities have equal access to clean water.”

“The need for rural infrastructure improvements are key for small villages like McComb to ensure safe, clean water.  This USDA loan and the grant will keep the costs of the waterline project affordable for this rural community,” said Jerry Greiner, President, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District.

USDA’s Rural Development program provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas by supporting infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

Brown has been a leader for Ohio’s rural communities, successfully securing a number of provisions that are important to Ohio farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years.