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IEPA approves $72M in loans for Joliet

JOLIET – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has approved $72 million in low-interest loans for water and sewer system improvements in Joliet.

The city is borrowing $30 million less than previously anticipated because of bids coming in lower than estimated when Joliet applied for the loans for work to be done this year, Utilities Director James Eggen said.

Eggen said work should start soon on some projects now that the loans have been approved.

“We issued the notice to proceed today [to contractors],” he said. “We’ll see some of the work start before the end of the month.”

The funded projects include:

• $38.3 million for a wet weather pumping station and treatment facility to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Des Plaines River;

• $19.3 million at the city’s Aux Sable Creek Basin and Westside wastewater treatment plants to reduce phosphorous levels in discharged water;

• $7.4 million to fund Year 1 of a five-year program to rehabilitate water mains, some of which are 100 years old;

• $6.8 million to fund Year 1 of a five-year program to rehabilitate sanitary mainlines and manholes.

The city has planned to borrow as much as $168.5 million through 2021 for continued water and sewer system improvements.

The loans are provided through the IEPA’s State Revolving Fund, which funds infrastructure projects that promote water quality.

“These projects will rehabilitate aging infrastructure and improve water quality, benefiting the community for decades to come,” IEPA Director Alec Messina said in a news release announcing the loans to Joliet.

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