WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $250,000 in federal funds awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to the Village of Trimble to replace its water distribution system. Currently, residents experience frequent service outages caused by line breaks that cost the village up to 20 percent of the water it purchases annually. This project will improve water service for 220 customers, lessen the water loss, and reduce operating costs through new water meter technology.
“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 water system that improves water quality and encourages investment in the Village of Trimble.”
In addition to the $250,000 in ARC funds, state sources will provide $1 million, and local sources will contribute $609,000.
ARC is a federal-state partnership focused on economic development in the 13 Appalachian states. The Commission is tasked with bringing Appalachia’s job opportunities and per capita income to parity with the nation and making the people of Appalachia more globally competitive. ARC is also focused on increasing the region’s economic competitiveness through strengthening the infrastructure and reducing Appalachia’s isolation.
Brown is working to help communities around Ohio struggling to afford costly but necessary renovations to water and 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 Last year, he introduced the Clean Water Affordability Act to help communities make renovations to outdated sewer systems, while improving water quality and keeping rates affordable for residents and small business.