WASHINGTON, D.C. – An Adams County community will receive new resources to update sewer infrastructure and improve service. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a grant to the Board of Adams County Commissioners to install a new 400 gallon per minute sewage lift station, one raw wastewater screen, and related systems at the existing wastewater treatment plant in the Village of Winchester. The new system will replace an existing facility which serves 410 households in the Village of Winchester.

“Ohio’s rural communities and 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 Winchester.”

The current sewage treatment plant has exceeded its useful life. In addition to the $220,000 in ARC funds, state resources will provide $40,000, and local resources will provide $20,000.

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 In 2011, he introduced the Clean Water Affordability Act to help communities make renovations to outdated sewer systems, while improving water quality and keeping rates affordable for residents and small business.