According to a release from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, the United States Department of Agriculture has awarded a $1,846,000 grant and a $4,363,947 loan to the village of Cadiz.

The grant and loan combination will go towards the replacement of the Cadiz wastewater treatment plant.

“Up-to-date water infrastructure is critical to the health and well-being of Ohio families as well as to local communities’ ability to create jobs and compete,” Brown said. “This investment will help improve access to safe and clean water in Cadiz.”

This project will ensure that the residents of Cadiz will have access to clean water, while also improving the economy and environment for a community of more than 3,300 people.

These funds are a part of the USDA’s Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program, which provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water in rural areas.

The program helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses.

Brown has been a leader for Ohio’s rural communities, fighting to secure a strong Rural Development title in the recently passed 2018 Farm Bill and the 2014 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years.