City Water Manager Keith Alexander says the money from the State’s Revolving Fund has helped, and will continue to help finance water infrastructure projects throughout Decatur…
“Our martin Luther King Jr. Drive water main project and our South Franklin Street water tank project that were just completed over the last 18 months were both funded through that state revolving fund.”
Alexander says the extra money being put into the revolving fund will allow for Decatur to apply for several new grants… which they plan to do once they are released.
At a press conference held by Gov. Pat Quinn, Federal EOA Administrator Lisa Jackson applauds the initative, saying updates are desperately needed.
“It’s nationwide problem and unfortunately Illinois water infrastructure is in places is among the oldest in the country. That’s why this historic investment by the state is so important to improving Illinois, and moving it forward.”
The program will provide low interest loans to communities to improve waste water systems, provide safe drinking water, and replace old water mains.
Quinn says these improvement projects will create more than 28 thousand jobs in Illinois.