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Illinois EPA Announces $1 Million in Grant Awards for Unsewered Communities

SPRINGFIELD – Grand Tower in Jackson County and Belle Rive in Jefferson County are among several Illinois communities that will see part of $1 million in grant funding to help unsewered communities with inadequate or nonexistent wastewater collection and treatment systems. That’s according to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John Kim.

The Unsewered Communities Planning Grant Program will assist small and disadvantaged communities to develop project plans that identify solutions to wastewater collection and treatment needs. The program is made possible through Governor Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois capital plan, the first in nearly a decade.

Grand Tower will receive $30,000 while Belle Rive will get $27,500.

The Unsewered Communities Planning Grant Program provides communities an opportunity to obtain funding to develop a Project Plan that will address problems with the collection and treatment of wastewater.

Information from the Project Plans may also be used to apply for a grant from the Unsewered Communities Construction Grant Program (UCCGP), which was also announced by Illinois EPA in September 2020. Over the next five years, the Illinois EPA UCCGP is making $100 million available through Governor Pritzker’s bipartisan Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan for construction of wastewater collection and/or treatment facilities.