WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $250,000 to the Tuppers Plains-Chester Water District in Reedsville to improve water service and install fire hydrants.

“Water service improvements help households and businesses while also attracting and retaining jobs,” said Brown. “This funding will not only upgrade service for hundreds of homes, but will also increase safety by giving the community an opportunity to install new fire hydrants to better equip the area for emergencies.”

The $250,000 award will give the Tuppers Plains-Chester Water District the ability to install 10,300 linear feet of water line to improve capacity and pressure. It will also replace a below grade pump station with a new above grade pump station and install backup power generation for one additional pump station. Current water distribution lines are undersized and do not support commercial business or fire protection. The lack of adequate public infrastructure has been a barrier to potential community and economic growth.