WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Noble 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 Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to construct a new a new sanitary sewer system in the Village of Belle Valley. The new system will consist of 21,632 linear feet of sewer line and two pump stations that will convey the sewage to the wastewater treatment plant in the Village of Caldwell. The project will provide the new sewer service to 110 households and six businesses.
“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 Belle Valley.”
Currently, there is no sewer system in the Village of Belle Valley and many of the on-site systems do not operate properly and pose a health nuisance. The project will allow the village to add the last piece of infrastructure needed to facilitate sanitary conditions and business development at the I-77 exit, including industrial park grounds. In addition to the $250,000 in ARC funds, state and local resources will provide $2,750,000 in funds.
Brown is working to help communities around Ohio struggling to afford costly but necessary renovations to sewer systems. Last year, he introduced the Clean Water Affordability Act to help communities make renovations to outdated sewer systems, while improving water quality and keeping rates affordable for residents and small business.