Governor Quinn Announces Chicago Clean Water Project To Create More Than 300 Jobs
Illinois Clean Water Initiative will invest additional $25M to upgrade Chicago water pipelines and mains
Governor Pat Quinn recently awarded a $25M low-interest loan to the City of Chicago to be used to replace more than 18 additional miles of water pipes throughout the city. This announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ water infrastructure. Funded through Governor Quinn’s $1B Illinois Clean Water Initiative, the project will help meet the clean water needs of 5.2 million area residents and create more than 300 direct and indirect jobs.
“By ensuring the people of Chicago have modern water systems and access to clean water where they live and work, we can support our economy and strengthen Illinois for the future,” Governor Quinn said. “Projects like this create jobs now and will serve as an economic engine throughout the region for generations to come.”
In January, Governor Quinn awarded $15M for the first Chicago project of his $1B Illinois Clean Water Initiative to the Chicago Dept. of Water Management (DWM) to support its Water Main Replacement program. To date, Governor Quinn’s Clean Water Initiative has funded projects totaling $412.3M across Illinois for both drinking and waste water needs.
Governor Quinn launched the $1B Illinois Clean Water Initiative in his 2012 State of the State Address to help local governments facing a critical need to overhaul aging drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and distribution and collection systems. The ICWI is funded with annual federal grants, funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and additional principal and interest from loan repayments. No new state tax dollars are used. To learn more about Governor Quinn’s Illinois Clean Water Initiative, visit www.CleanWater.Illinois.gov.
Established in 1889, the MWRD is an award-winning, special purpose government agency responsible for wastewater treatment and stormwater management in Cook County, Illinois. For more information, visit www.mwrd.org.
SOURCE: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago