WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Village of North Baltimore, in Wood County, has been awarded a $148,616 grant and a $3,563,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to fund Phase II of the separation of North Baltimore’s combined sewer collection and storm water systems.

“Water and sewer infrastructure is critical to economic competiveness,” Brown said. “While all Ohioans deserve access to clean water, many communities are struggling to afford costly but necessary upgrades to water systems. These new resources will help North Baltimore make long-overdue updates and maintain a modern, well-connected water infrastructure that helps attract new jobs and economic development.”

These funds will bring the Village of North Baltimore into compliance with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Water Quality Standards.

With many Ohio communities struggling to afford costly but necessary renovations to sewer systems, Brown is the author of legislation that would provide relief from high water rates to Ohio communities. The Clean Water Affordability Act would help communities make renovations to outdated sewer systems, while improving water quality and keeping rates affordable for residents and small business.

As Chair of the Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation, Brown has held more than 200 roundtables throughout the state, and is the first Ohioan to serve on both the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee.