USDA Rural Development is investing $23.25 million in rural infrastructure in Illinois, Acting State Director Molly Hammond announced recently.

The investments are funded through the Water and Environmental Program, the Rural Energy for America Program and the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.

Rural water and wastewater infrastructure projects include:

  • Sharpsburg and the Neighboring Area Water System, Christian County, will use a $1.2 million loan and $240,000 grant to extend water service to additional customers in May, Mosquito, Mount Auburn and Stonington townships in Christian County. The project will provide drinking water to 178 people who rely on private wells or cisterns.
  • Ashmore, Coles County, will use a $100,000 loan to complete the village’s water main replacement project and provide safe drinking water to 785 residents.
  • Humboldt, Coles County, will use a $190,000 loan to improve its sewer system benefitting 430 people.
  • Brownstown, Fayette County, will use a $60,000 loan to provide additional financing for a water main replacement project and bring the system to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency minimum standards and benefit 759 residents.
  • Niantic, Macon County, will use a $100,000 loan as additional financing for a water main replacement project to benefit 700 people.
  • Staunton, Macoupin County, will use a $3.3 million loan to replace an existing box culvert with a larger one where Gensing Creek runs under the business district, ensuring the structure can handle the flow and eliminate a health and safety hazard.
  • Riverton, Sangamon County, will use a $3.7 million loan to expand drinking water service for Overpass Business Park. The project will benefit 4,328 people.
  • Johnston City, Williamson County, will use a nearly $2.6 million loan to improve the water system, including building a 300,000-gallon elevated water tower. This will provide safe drinking water to about 3,500 people.
  • Chrisman, Edgar County, will use $5.4 million loan and a $1.928 million grant to improve the city’s waste treatment plant. The improvements will resolve excess ammonia and nitrogen levels and bring the system up to acceptable standards for 1,343 residents.
  • Raleigh Water District, Saline County, will use a $1.146 million loan and $325,000 grant for water system improvements. The project will serve more than 800 people.
  • Rossville, Vermilion County, will use a loan of $1.718 million to improve the sewer system and bring it up to required health and safety standards for 1,331 people.

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program projects include:

  • Arlington Heights, Cook County, will use a $37,500 grant to create infrastructure to expand sales and use of ethanol and biodiesel.

Rural Energy for America Program projects include:

  • Novel IL DG LLC will use a loan of nearly $1.3 million to buy and install 21 solar arrays for Novel IL DG 1 LLC to generate electricity for sale. The solar arrays will be installed on the land of third-party farmers and rural businesses. The electricity produced from a given solar array will be sold to the farmer or business on whose property it is installed. Any additional energy will be sold back to the grid.
  • The third parties are located in Ogden, Aviston, Tampico, Decatur, Kewanee, Viola, Fulton, Fairbury, Aledo, Shannon, Peoria, Greenville, Morton and Little York. The total solar energy is projected to be 1,461,513 megawatt-hours annually.