WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $250,000 has been awarded to Trumbull County through the Appalachian Regional Commission. The funds will be used for the construction of the Little Squaw Creek Interceptor Phase 3 Sanitary Sewer. This new sewer service will provide sanitary sewer access to 37 residences and 17 businesses along the State Route 193 corridor.

"Ohio communities struggling to afford sewer system upgrades that provide clean water have not been forgotten," Brown said. "These funds will create the infrastructure needed to improve the quality of life for Trumbull County residents and attract new employers."

Brown, along with Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH), authored the Clean Water Affordability Act in April 2009. The legislation aims to update the EPA clean water affordability policy to provide for a full and accurate representation of the financial impacts clean water investment programs place on communities struggling to meet federal regulations for improving water infrastructure. It would also provide grants to cash-strapped communities to make necessary renovations to so-called "combined sewage overflow" (CSO) systems - sewer systems that collect sanitary sewage and stormwater runoff in a single pipe system.

Studies indicate that for every $1 billion invested in infrastructure projects, between 35,000 and 50,000 jobs are created. Beyond job creation, investment in water and sewer infrastructure meets public health and safety needs and helps communities attract new businesses and residents.