$250,000 federal grant to help pay for Meigs County water upgrades

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MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) - A federal grant will be used to help pay for water-infrastructure upgrades in Meigs County.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced the $250,000 grant for the Tuppers Plains-Chester Water District on Monday.

According to a news release from Sen. Brown's office, state and local sources will provide about $6.6 million, bringing the total funding for the project to $6.85 million.

The money from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be used to install waterlines, valves, hydrants, a new booster station and an elevated 250,000-gallon storage tank, as well as 6,100 automatic meters that will help improve efficiency.

The funding will also help expand the Leading Creek Conservancy District interconnect, which will increase water capacity in the district, provide a backup water source, and improve the distribution system that serves more than 1,500 households and 14 businesses.

“Water infrastructure is critical to Ohio communities’ ability to create jobs and compete,” Brown said. “This investment will help keep water rates affordable, attract jobs and businesses to the area, and improve access to safe and clean water in Meigs County.”