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Illinois water infrastructure improvements awarded USDA Rural Development grants

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) have announced federal support from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program for water infrastructure improvement projects in communities across Illinois.

Recipients of USDA Rural Development grants include:

  • City of Hillsboro, Ill.: $8,545,000
  • City of Flora, Ill.: $5,264,000
  • Village of Maeystown, Ill.: $300,000
  • Clay County Water, Inc. in Flora, Ill.: $250,000
  • Greene County Rural Water District in Carrollton, Ill.: $240,000
  • SouthWater, Inc. in Tamms, Ill.: $1,044,000

“Folks across Illinois should have confidence that the systems that carry and process the water they drink and consume are in the best shape possible,” said Duckworth. “I’m proud to announce this federal support to help upgrade, improve and repair the water infrastructure in these communities so they can better deliver clean, drinkable water.”

“Clean and safe water should be accessible to every single Illinois resident — no matter their zip code,” said Durbin. “Aging water systems have led to far too many issues in these communities, but thanks to this federal investment, Illinoisans will finally start to see some improvements.”

Duckworth authored the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA) that was signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and is helping improve water infrastructure across the country and delivering clean, safe water to Americans. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included Duckworth’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA) to help rebuild our nation’s crumbling and dangerous water infrastructure and enable communities to repair and modernize their failing wastewater systems. Duckworth is also the co-founder of the U.S. Senate’s first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus, which focuses on advocating for communities that have been disproportionately impacted by environmental injustices.

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