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City of Joliet Receives Approximately $72 Million in Low Interest Loans from the Illinois EPA for Water & Sewer Improvements

The City of Joliet has been approved to receive approximately $72 million in low interest loans from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for critical water and sewer improvements throughout the City.  The following projects are being financed by the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF).

  • $38.3 million to fund the construction of a Wet Weather pumping station and treatment facility to reduce the occurrence of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Des Plaines River. This project is the third phase of the City’s Long Term Control Plan.
  • $19.3 million to fund improvements at both the City of Joliet Aux Sable Creek Basin and Westside Wastewater Treatment Plants that will improve effluent (discharge) quality including the reduction of phosphorus levels.  In addition, the treatment capacity of the Aux Sable Creek Basin WWTP will be expanded to address future growth in the far western portion of the City
  • $7.4 million to fund the first year of a five-year water distribution system rehabilitation program to replace existing water mains that have reached the end of their useful life and are prone to failure resulting in disruptions to water service and increased maintenance costs. 
  • $6.8 million to fund the first year of a five-year citywide rehabilitation of sanitary sewer mainlines and manholes.  Rehabilitation will restore the structural integrity of the sewer system which will lead to a reduction in sewer system overflows and basement back-ups.

 The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and receives a portion of its money to fund these types of projects from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  SRF programs operate in each state to provide communities the resources necessary to build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that protects one of our most valuable resources: water.

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