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Illinois EPA Awards Several Area Communities with Low Interest Loans for Clean Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois EPA recently announced that several communities in our area will be getting low-interest, partially forgiven loans from the EPA State Revolving Fund loan program to make necessary investments, upgrades and renovations in clean drinking water and new sewer treatment systems.

Hurst will receive $806,000.31 with $362,970 of that amount forgiven for improvements to the existing wastewater collection and treatment systems, which were constructed in 1979. Improvements include rehabilitation of the physical plant, replacement and modification of the chlorination system, and the addition of a dichlorination system.

Sesser will receive a low interest loan of $772,049.70 with $386,024.85 to install a water main, and a new meter reading system to help the city improve their water distribution system infrastructure and continue to provide safe, clean drinking water.

West Frankfort will receive a $774,560 loan with $387,280 forgiven to install radio read water meters and to purchase equipment and necessary software. The investments will improve the city’s water distribution system and allow for more efficient record keeping and billing.

Ridgway will receive $231,988.50 with $104,394.25 of the loan being forgivable. Ridgway will install sewers, line approximately 101 manholes, and include other necessary appurtenances. These projects will make needed improvements to Ridgway’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 will 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, Broughton will receive $454,745.10 with $227,372.55 forgivable to will replace water mains 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.

Overall, the Illinois EPA is investing over $254 Million in wastewater and drinking water projects in the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2022.