State of Ohio announced that the state will award $114 million in grant awards to support 70 critical water infrastructure projects in 58 counties, which two cities in the Mahoning Valley will receive this funding…City of East Liverpool and City of Hubbard.
The grants are part of the fourth round of the Ohio BUILDS (Broadband, Utilities, and Infrastructure for Local Development Success) water infrastructure program. Since its establishment, the program has provided a more than $360 million to support 253 local water projects impacting every county in the state.
“Ohio is the heart of opportunity, and for our state to continue to thrive, we must ensure that more communities have steady access to reliable, clean water,” said Governor DeWine. “My administration is committed to supporting as many local communities as possible with water projects that will improve quality of life and give residents more opportunities to live up to their God-given potential.”
The grants announced today will help reduce or eliminate the local financial burden associated with critical infrastructure needs such as new water distribution systems, waterline extensions, water tower replacements, and new pipes and water mains. Grants will also fund projects to replace sanitary sewer systems, prevent sewer system backups, and extend sewer lines to allow for economic growth.
Wastewater Infrastructure Project
The City of East Liverpool (Columbiana County) will receive a $1.9 million grant for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The project will make multiple improvements to remediate EPA violations at the plant. The improvements will prevent wastewater from discharging into the Ohio River during wet weather events and allow for proper treatment of future sanitary sewer extensions. The project will benefit 11,800 people.
The City of Hubbard (Trumbull County) will receive a $276,497 grant for a sanitary sewer system improvement project. Recent investigations have determined the existing sanitary sewer has reached the end of its useful life and is at high risk of failure and collapse. The system serves both Hubbard High and Middle School and a failure of the existing sewer could result in significant disruptions to school operations due to sewage backups. The project will replace approximately 600 linear feet of sewer line and make improvements to three of the existing sanitary sewers lift stations. The project will benefit 3,117 people.