Illinois invests $205 million to upgrade state-wide water infrastructure

(UI) –Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Director John J. Kim announced the investment of nearly $205 million through water infrastructure loans to local governments and water districts for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2024 (January – March 2024).

The Illinois EPA State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program provides low-interest loans that fund wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water projects. Of that investment, more than $20.6 million in loan forgiveness was provided to those recipients meeting the loan rules for either the Small Community Rate or Hardship Rate.

Notable projects

The City of Joliet received $76,484,000 to replace approximately 31 miles of deteriorated and undersized watermains. The work also includes replacing fire hydrants and valves along the project route and all restoration work and appurtenances.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District received $46,337,284 to rehabilitate the North Shore Intercepting Sewer using a combination of cured-in-place pipe lining, segmental lining, and/or slip lining.

The Christian County Water Reclamation District received $25,000,000 to replace existing headworks, install mechanical grit removal systems, and reconfigure the existing activated sludge tanks to anaerobic/aerobic/anoxic to allow for biological removal of phosphorus and total nitrogen.

The project also includes construction of a new blower building, rehabilitation of existing clarifiers, rehabilitation and modification of existing pump stations, and installation of a chemical feed system to be used for backup phosphorus removal.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District received nearly $7 million to construct a sanitary sewer and one manhole to serve as a relief sewer with no additional flow. The relief sewer will discharge to an existing sanitary sewer, which connects to the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant.

The Village of Shabbona received $950,000 to replace a watermain, replace existing fire hydrants, and reconnect existing water services along the construction route to improve water quality for the population served.

“The Illinois EPA State Revolving Fund continues to provide vital financial assistance to communities and water districts throughout Illinois,” said Director Kim. “Illinois EPA remains committed to helping to remedy deteriorating and failing infrastructure across our state by being a solid funding resource for communities in need of long-term, low-interest, and subsidized funding.”


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