Durbin: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves $1.2 Million for Illinois Projects

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today said that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which Durbin is a member, has approved $1.2 million for Illinois projects.


The Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations Bill for the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Forest Service and Environmental Protection Agency includes funding for the following Illinois projects:


Environmental Protection Agency, State and Tribal Assistance Grants


• Decatur Water Infrastructure Improvements, City of Decatur. $250,000 in funding for the improvement of the city's water distribution system. The construction of a thirty (30) inch diameter water supply main between the South Water Treatment Plant and two existing elevated water tanks will improve water pressures and flow patterns in the City's water distribution system. This project will ensure continued access to an adequate source of water thereby ensuring public health, fire protection, sustained industrial activity and strong economic growth.


• Lexington Water Infrastructure Improvements, City of Lexington. $100,000 in funding for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plan. Lexington is the largest city in Illinois that still does not have a sewer system. The City has all but completed the design and specifications for these systems and is nearing the construction phase of the project.


• Macoupin Water Infrastructure Improvements, Macoupin County. $250,000 in funding for water infrastructure needs associated with the building of the new Benld School -- the old school was destroyed earlier this year. The funding would provide a sanitary sewer and pump station as well as a storm water retention system.


• Ridgewood Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements, Will County. $300,000 in funding for the upgrade of the city's sanitary/sewage and potable water systems. This project is part of a six phase overhaul of the water system in the region. This funding would reduce the risk of forcing the County to raise sewer/water rates.


• Quincy Water Infrastructure Improvements, City of Quincy. $300,000 in funding to upgrade and replace Quincy’s water treatment plant. During floods, the city's water treatment plant is often in danger of becoming submerged; threatening the city's clean drinking water supply.