ROCKFORD - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) recently announced a nearly $9.5 million loan to the City of Rockford for the construction of a new water treatment plant and installation of a new water pump. State Rep. Maurice West (D-Rockford) issued the following statement in response:
“In recent years, we have seen what happened in cities like Flint, Mich. and Jackson, Miss. when our drinking water is compromised. Investing in our water infrastructure helps ensure that never happens here,” said State Representative Maurice West. ”These long term investments by the state will pay dividends for years to come and help save us money by avoiding costly emergency repairs. I want to thank the Pritzker Administration and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for this important investment in Rockford’s future.”
The Illinois EPA State Revolving Fund Program provides low-interest loans which fund wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water projects. The Illinois EPA announced the issuance of $85,956,802 in water infrastructure loans to local governments and water districts for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2023 (January – March 2023).
The City of Rockford received a $9,459,916.51 loan to install a new pump at Well 34 and construct a new water treatment plant. The project includes additional piping, controls, and appurtenances, which will allow the City to continue providing safe drinking water to residents.
For more information about Illinois EPA’s State Revolving Fund, visit https://epa.illinois.gov/topics/grants-loans/state-revolving-fund.html.