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Major water infrastructure help flowing into Belmont County

On Friday afternoon, the United States Department of Agriculture made a major investment to improve water systems across Belmont County.

Some major water infrastructure help is flowing into Belmont County in what is an historic announcement for the state.

Some are calling it one of the biggest announcements in Belmont County's history.

On Friday afternoon, the United States Department of Agriculture made a major investment to improve water systems across the county.

The $60.5 million investment is the largest single-dollar obligation in Ohio rural development history and will modernize and improve rural water service in Belmont County.

Congressman Bill Johnson was on hand for the event, along with representatives from Senator Sherrod Brown's camp.

The current water system provides water to more than 23,000 residents throughout the county.

And this investment won't just improve that system, it will serve as platform to absorb new demands for development, especially with the potential for the cracker plant in Belmont County.

"This is honestly the type of thing that moves our community forward,” Belmont County Commission President JP Dutton said. “We can now take the next step, particularly from the water infrastructure standpoint and address some issues we've been dealing with and move forward into what new growth potential we see."

A plan has already been made for the money, and improvements will begin almost immediately.

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