The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) announced over $85 million in water and wastewater infrastructure loans for the third quarter of Fiscal year 2023 (January-March 2023).
The funding is provided through the Illinois State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program, which provides low-interest loans which fund wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water projects. A total of $13,326,437 in loan forgiveness was provided to those recipients meeting the loan rules for either the Small Community Rate or Hardship Rate.
"Communities throughout Illinois are facing significant challenges as they address aging infrastructure, and Illinois EPA is pleased to provide financial assistance to so many of them to help with those efforts," said Illinois EPA Director John J. Kim. "So far in fiscal year 2023, Illinois EPA has already invested nearly $232 million in our state's drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and there are more communities in line to receive future funding from the program. These funds not only provide for safe drinking water and protect our water resources, but they also bring good jobs to each community."
Illinois EPA's SRF includes two loan programs, the Water Pollution Control Loan Program (WPCLP) which funds both wastewater and stormwater projects, and the Public Water Supply Loan Program (PWSLP) for drinking water projects. Both programs provide funding at a low interest rate of just 1.24 percent for State FY23.
The complete list of FY23 third quarter loan recipients is as follows:
- Clinton Sanitary District - $14,460,980.00
Principal forgiveness: $4,338,294.00
The district will make multiple improvements to the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) processes. This project will allow the district to replace deteriorated equipment and upgrade treatment processes so the WWTP will meet stricter phosphorus effluent limits anticipated in the near future.
- Metropolitan Water Reclamation District - $29,738,288.75
The district will repair roof slabs, floor slabs, walls, beams, and columns in the A/B and C/D service tunnels. The project includes repairs or replacement of deteriorated supports for air mains, pipe racks, and other utilities. A waterproof membrane will be applied to all accessible exterior tunnel walls and roof surfaces. The existing ventilation system will be upgraded and galvanic anodes will be installed to minimize corrosion. This project will extend the useful life of the service tunnels and ensure they operate properly.
- Village of Lima - $678,867.95
Principal forgiveness: $678,867.95
The village will be connecting to a new water source. The project includes construction of an interconnect to mains owned and maintained by the ABS Water Co-Op, from which the village will purchase finished water. The project is receiving disadvantaged community principal forgiveness as well as small system compliance assistance principal forgiveness. The loan principal will not need to be repaid.
- City of West Frankfort - $688,790.24
Principal forgiveness: $344,395.12
The city will replace 1,424 water meters, install a new meter reading system, and related appurtenances. The project will allow the city to upgrade their water meters and better account for water usage.
- Village of Diamond - $335,692.98
Principal forgiveness: $167,846.49
The village will replace 579 old lead-containing water meters. Any lead piping or lead components identified during meter replacement will also be replaced.