USDA Rural Development is investing $13.7 million to modernize drinking water and wastewater systems in five rural Illinois towns and cities, Illinois State Director Douglas Wilson announced.

"These projects reflect how Rural Development can assist communities and rural residents in achieving safe and plentiful water supplies," Wilson said.

The projects are funded through the agency’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.

  • Beardstown will use a $2.9 million loan and $826,000 grant to repair or replace sewer collection mains that experienced sustained flood damage and buy system maintenance equipment. The improvements will address the immediate needs where streets are collapsing and sewer mains are failing.
  • Pana will use a $1 million loan and $600,000 grant to build 11 miles of waterlines to serve Pana Lake residents and replace contaminated wells currently being used.
  • Brocton will use a $676,000 loan and $28,000 grant to replace a nearly 70-year-old water system and provide safe drinking water to Edgar County residents.
  • EJ Water Cooperative Inc. will use a $6.4 million loan and $889,00 grant for multiphase projects in multiple counties. The work includes building a new water tower and making other water system infrastructure improvements around Findlay.
  • Elliott will use a $377,000 loan for village water system improvements and to provide safe drinking water to Ford County residents.

For more information, visit the Rural Development state office website.