WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Meigs County community will receive new resources to update water 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 replace the existing Bashan Booster Station in Chester Township with a new-above grade booster station for the Tupper Plains-Chester Water District in Meigs County. The new system will consist of 2,000 linear feet of 10-inch PVC waterline. The new booster system will provide safer and easier access to potable water for approximately 1,000 households in Chester Township.
“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 Chester Township.”
The current booster system, which was originally installed in 1980, is in poor condition. If the station were to fail suddenly, it would result in long term outages for large portions of customers in the area. In addition to the $250,000 in ARC funds, local resources will provide $87,800 in funds.
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 In 2011, he introduced the Clean Water Affordability Act to help communities make renovations to outdated sewer systems, while improving water quality and keeping rates affordable for residents and small business.