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Congressman Tim Ryan Secures $6.89 Million for Northeast Ohio Infrastructure Projects

October 27, 2021
Press Release

Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) is announcing $6.89 million for Northeast Ohio through the Ohio BUILDS water infrastructure grants program. This program was passed by the Ohio General Assembly as part of House Bill 168 with funding that was appropriated through the American Rescue Plan Act – which Ryan fought to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

“The passage of the American Rescue Plan Act continues to be a lifeline for the working class across Ohio. These funds will make critical improvements and updates to our communities’ vital infrastructure. Whether it is removing lead pipes, rehabilitating the Meander Reservoir, or updating water treatment facilities – these projects are improving lives and helping to build back better,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. 

Akron will receive a $5 million grant to remove and replace approximately 1,500 lead service lines in the distribution system with copper lines. This will reduce the number of homes served by a lead service line, improving the safety of drinking water for residents. The project will benefit 3,750 people.      

Kent will receive a $1.39 million grant to demolish and remove two final clarifiers that are beyond their useful lives. The project will remove associated mechanical structures and inspect and repair or replace the existing steel handrails. The project will benefit 29,646 people.   

Mahoning Valley Sanitary District will receive a $500,000 grant to rehabilitate the 3,500-foot earthen dam on the Meander Reservoir used to store water for the Meander Water Treatment Plant. The project will construct a new auxiliary spillway and install anchors into the dam foundation, flatten downstream embankments, upgrade dam-related instrumentation, electric service, and lighting, and replace east and west dam access roads. The project will benefit 220,000 people.    

Funds awarded will help reduce or eliminate the local financial burden associated with critical infrastructure needs such as the construction of new water systems, the replacement of aging water lines, and the installation of new water mains. Grants will also fund projects to prevent sewer system backups and replace failing household sewage treatment systems with new sewers.