WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Trumbull County community will receive new resources to boost economic development and job creation by updating its water infrastructure. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a grant to the Village of West Farmington to construct a new sanitary sewer system. The new system will consist of 24,937 linear feet of sewer line and will result in new sewer connections for the Village of West Farmington. The project will provide the new sewer service to 179 households, eight businesses, a community center, and the village hall. 

“Ohio’s small towns face a heavy burden when financing infrastructure projects,” Brown said. “This improvement project will provide residents and businesses with a modern sewer system that improves health quality and encourages investment in the Village of West Farmington.”

Construction of the new sewer system will begin in August 2013 and conclude in September 2014. The project, which will connect the new sanitary sewer lines to a common discharge pipe at the Grand River, will be owned and operated by the village. In addition to $237,000 in ARC funds, other federal sources will provide $1,844,000, state sources will provide $1,000,000 and local resources will provide $1,459,000 in funds. The total funding for the project is $4,540,000.

Brown is working to help communities around Ohio struggling to afford costly but necessary renovations to sewer systems. In 2011, he introduced the Clean Water Affordability Act to help communities make renovations to outdated sewer systems, while improving water quality and keeping rates affordable for residents and small business.