The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday that its investing $23,250,000 in critical infrastructure that will help communities in Illinois “build back better and stronger” while prioritizing climate-smart solutions and environmental stewardship.
USDA is making the investments in Illinois under the Water and Environmental Program the Rural Energy for America Program, and the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.
Locally, Johnston City will use $2,577,000 loan to make water system improvements, including the construction of a 300,000-gallon elevated pedosphere water tower. The project also contains a system-wide replacement of water meters and the addition of telemetry. Officials said the improvements will alleviate health and sanitary concerns and will provide safe potable water to approximately 3,500 people.
The Raleigh Water District in Saline County will use a $1,146,000 loan and $325,000 grant for water system improvements, which will repair the system’s elevated water tank. The project, which will serve more than 800 people in the water district, will also connect directly to Saline Valley for water purchase and will include remote master meter readings and chlorine monitoring.