WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced $250,000 in new federal funds to support the Twin City Water and Sewer District – Transmission Main project in Uhrichsville. The funds were awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in order to repair pressure imbalances found in the system after the construction of a new well field and water treatment plant. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Twin City Water and Sewer District will add 10,845 feet of waterline and 1.22 millions of gallons per day (MGD) of additional flow capacity to the system, improving service for 3,387 households and 269 businesses.
“This is excellent news for the Tuscarawas County,” Brown said. “This federal investment in the city’s infrastructure will lead to more reliable service for residents and more efficient operations for local businesses. Projects like this help boost the economy and make the region more competitive.”
In addition to ARC’s $250,000 grant, state sources will provide an additional $349,800 to complete the project, and local sources will contribute $816,200.
ARC is a federal-state partnership focused on economic development in the 13 Appalachian states. The Commission is tasked with bringing Appalachia’s job opportunities and per capita income to parity with the nation and making the people of Appalachia more globally competitive. ARC is also focused on increasing the region’s economic competitiveness through strengthening the infrastructure and reducing Appalachia’s isolation through the development of the Appalachian Development Highway System.
Brown is working to help communities around Ohio struggling to afford costly but necessary renovations to sewer systems. This month, he introduced the Clean Water Affordability Act to help communities make renovations to outdated sewer systems causing toxic algal blooms, while improving water quality and keeping rates affordable for residents and small business.