Illinois EPA Awards 118th District Municipalities Over $2 million in Low Interest Loans for Clean Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

METROPOLIS – State Representative Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) is notifying residents of more than $2 million in low interest, partially forgivable loans from the Illinois EPA for municipal wastewater, drinking water, and storm water management projects coming to municipalities in the 118th district.

“I am happy to share the news that the State of Illinois’ Environmental Protection Agency will assist several local governments within the 118th district with low-interest, partially forgivable loans,” Windhorst said. “These dollars will help ensure our residents receive the clean, safe drinking water they deserve and that our municipalities can keep up with ongoing maintenance needs and keep up with new technologies.”

The Village of Ridgway in Gallatin County will receive $231,988.50 with $104,394.25 of the loan being forgivable. The Village will install sewers, line approximately 101 manholes, and include other necessary appurtenances. These projects will make needed improvements to the Village’s collection system to continue providing proper wastewater treatment for customers.

In Gallatin and White Counties, the Gallatin-White Water District will receive $299,180.31 with $149,590.16 to install 560 water meters, update billing and software, and purchase meter reading equipment and other related appurtenances.

These projects improve the District’s water distribution system infrastructure to continue to provide a safe
and adequate supply of drinking water to customers.

In Hamilton county, the Village of Broughton will receive $454,745.10 with $227,372.55 forgivable to will replace watermains with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe and install new valves, fire hydrants, water service lines, and all associated appurtenances. The existing distribution system is 50 years old and constructed of asbestos cement pipe.

Many of the old valves throughout the service area are not in working order and large areas of water service must be shut off when repairs are necessary.

“I am grateful to the hard working folks in our communities that dedicate themselves to ensuring clean drinking water, and reliable and efficient storm and sewer systems for our cities and villages. These investments are truly appreciated,” Windhorst said.