Illinois Clean Water Initiative

llinois Clean Water Initiative

Important Update:

Illinois Clean Water Initiative Funding to be Doubled, Stormwater Projects to be Added

In his State of the State address on January 29, 2014, Governor Pat Quinn announced that the available funding from the Illinois Clean Water Initiative (ICWI) will be doubled to $2 billion and wet weather/stormwater management infrastructure projects will also be eligible for low-interest loans as well as drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and distribution and collection systems.

First announced in Gov. Quinn's 2012 State of the State address, ICWI was launched in the fall of 2012 and has created several thousand jobs in communities across Illinois. The additional funding will come from repayments of existing loans that support the sale of "AAA" rated bonds and require no additional state funds. At the same time they are saving substantial interest costs for local governments that vitally need to modernize aging drinking water, sewer systems and now stormwater projects needed in response to more frequent intense storms and associated polluted runoff.

No annual deadlines, Rolling application process, More financing available to local governments

Your community can’t wait for the dollars you need to update aging water infrastructure. The Governor’s Clean Water Initiative means all Illinois communities have access to the resources they need to make sure residents have clean, safe drinking water.

The Clean Water Initiative:

  • Offers attractive financing terms
  • Creates jobs
  • Allows local governments to access low-interest loans for a variety of wastewater, drinking water, and wet weather/stormwater management projects

Give your community the assurance of a clean, reliable water supply. Financing is available for projects including:

  • Modernizing wastewater treatment plants to meet water quality standards
  • Replacing aging water mains and sewers
  • Updating drinking water treatment facilities
  • Installing or rehabilitating storm sewers
  • Constructing sediment traps and basins
Water infrastructure construction

Good for your community, good for Illinois

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Finance Authority, and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity are working together to implement the Clean Water Initiative and build a stronger Illinois:

  • Keeping our drinking water safe
  • Decreasing energy costs
  • Creating green jobs statewide

Ready to get started?

Contact the IEPA:

  • Gary Bingenheimer
    Acting Manager, Infrastructure Financial Assistance Section
    (217) 782-2027
  • Al Keller
    Manager, Water Pollution Control Permits
    (217) 782-0610
  • David Cook
    Manager, Public Water Supply Permits
    (217) 782-0078