Vinton County will receive $799,000 in grant funding recently to help improve drinking water to more than 175 homes in the Garrett Ridge area.

The federal funding is the latest round of money to head to Appalachia as part of a larger effort by the state to help improve the local infrastructure. State legislators passed a budget bill last year that included $250 million to be used for water infrastructure needs in all 88 counties in Ohio.

Ohio state representatives reacted to this latest effort to expand services into the Garrett Ridge area of Vinton County.

“This funding is crucial to provide basic clean water for the families of Vinton County,” said State Representative Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill). “The funding that has been coming to Appalachia, including the 93rd House District, has been long overdue.”

“I’m pleased that we can continue to support Appalachia with additional funding to help support people and provide a better quality of life,” said State Representative Mark Johnson (R-Chillicothe).

“This is a local investment that will help not only the families of Vinton County, but also shows there is a need here in southern Ohio,” said State Representative Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville). “These funds are not only needed, but they are critical in helping provide the basics for daily life.”

For more information, contact Rep. Stephens’s office at 614-466-1366 or; contact Rep. Johnson’s office at 614-644-7928 or; or contact Rep. Edwards’ office at 614-466-2158 or