Illinois EPA announces $1 million in grant awards for unsewered communities

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced grant awards totaling $1 million in funding to help unsewered communities with poor or nonexistent wastewater collection and treatment systems.

The Unsewered Communities Planning Grant Program will assist small and disadvantaged communities to develop project plans that identify solutions to wastewater collection and treatment needs. The program is made possible through Governor Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois capital plan, the first in nearly a decade.

Illinois has more than 200 “unsewered” communities that lack wastewater collection and/or treatment systems. Many of these communities have patchwork systems or decades-old underground “wildcat” pipes that illegally discharge to surface waters.

While a lack of planning capacity is often a significant initial barrier for these communities, the biggest hurdle remains the lack of local revenue to invest in the construction and long-term operations and maintenance of modern collection and/or treatment facilities.

“The Unsewered Communities Construction Grants program will provide disadvantaged communities across Illinois with the needed funds to improve sewer systems and reduce impacts in the environment,” ”said Governor JB Pritzker. “These investments are only one piece of the capital plan and we will continue working to improve the financial wellbeing, health, education, and safety of all Illinois residents.”

The Unsewered Communities Planning Grant Program (UCPGP) provides communities an opportunity to obtain funding to develop a Project Plan that will address problems with the collection and treatment of wastewater. Information from the Project Plans may also be used to apply for a grant from the Unsewered Communities Construction Grant Program (UCCGP), which was also announced by Illinois EPA in September 2020. Over the next five years, Illinois EPA UCCGP is making $100 million available through Governor Pritzker’s bipartisan Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan for construction of wastewater collection and/or treatment facilities.

A list of grant recipients under the UCPGP is attached.

County of ApplicantApplicantGrant Amount
BureauCherry$30,000
CassBeardstown$26,000
Christian  Pana$30,000
Taylorville$29,000
ColesAshmore$30,000
EffinghamEffingham$30,000
GrundyBraceville$30,000
HendersonLomax$30,000
Iroquois  Buckley$30,000
Woodland$30,000
JacksonGrand Tower$30,000
JeffersonBelle Rive$27,500
JerseyElsah$22,500
KaneHillcrest$7,000
KendallLisbon$30,000
LaSalle      Leland$30,000
Ransom$25,000
Rutland$30,000
Streator$30,000
Lee  Compton$30,000
Dixon$24,000
LivingstonSaunemin$30,000
MacoupinModesto$30,000
Madison and St. ClairCollinsville$30,000
McHenryUnion$27,500
McLeanHudson$20,000
MoultrieSullivan$30,000
Ogle  Burlington$17,500
Davis Junction$25,000
PiattMansfield$30,000
PikeNew Salem Township$30,000
Putnam  Magnolia$20,000
Standard$30,000
Rock IslandPort Byron$19,000
SchuylerBrowning$30,000
ScottManchester$26,000
WhitesideRock Falls$24,000

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