Brown announces upgrades for clean water, lead pipe replacement in Ohio – The Tribune

Brown announces clean water upgrades and lead pipe replacement in Ohio

Published on Monday, February 26, 2024, 12:00 p.m

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced this week that the state of Ohio is receiving anotherA major investment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to modernize aging water infrastructure, replace lead pipes and address emerging pollutants.

The investments will help ensure safe drinking water for Ohioans and create jobs for construction workers across the state. The investment was awarded through EPA's Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and will support state low-interest loan programs to address key challenges in drinking water, storm and wastewater infrastructure projects.

This investment in clean drinking water infrastructure is provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and was provided as part of the bipartisan infrastructure bill that Brown helped draft and pass.

“Families shouldn’t have to worry about whether tap water is safe for their children to drink,” Brown said. “Thanks to the investments we made in the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Ohio communities will be able to replace old pipes with materials made in the United States and installed by American workers.”

Last year, Brown also introduced the Financing Lead Out of Water (FLOW) Act, which would reduce Americans' risk of being exposed to lead in their drinking water by making it easier for cities and utilities to issue bonds to replace old water pipes to finance projects.

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