WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $29,433,912 in funds for water management projects in Ohio. The funds will be distributed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program and will be used to expand water service and wastewater treatment facilities in Scioto County.
"All Ohioans deserve access to clean water, but too many communities are struggling to afford costly, but necessary, upgrades to sewer systems," Brown said. "By helping communities upgrade outdated water and sewer systems, we can attract new businesses to our state and ensure Ohioans pay less for their water and sewer bills."
Water lines and treatment plants require maintenance and expansion to meet rising demand. Treating water is a vital public health requirement that the USDA grants will help communities fulfill. Data from the Environmental Protection Agency indicates that a major water line breaks, on average, every two minutes.
Senator 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.
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.
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