(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will invest more than $250 million in water-related infrastructure projects during the fourth quarter of 2022.
The funds — made available in the form of low-interest loans — will go toward local governments and sanitary districts throughout Illinois to help pay for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater projects, state officials said.
Much of the money will be spent on a variety of projects in Chicago and suburban Cook County.
Chicago obtained a loan of nearly $7 million to install water meters in residences that are currently unmetered throughout the city.
South suburban Flossmoor obtained a loan of nearly $1.5 million to improve its wastewater collection.
The state is also forgiving nearly $15 million in loans for wastewater, sewer and drinking water projects in several disadvantaged communities.
"This funding provides for the continued protection of drinking water, the proper collection of stormwater, and the necessary treatment of wastewater,” EPA Director John Kim said.
Kim added that the result will be twofold: an improved quality of life for Illinoisans, as well as the protection of the environment.
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