Darin LaHood

09/23/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/23/2020 13:09

LaHood Announces USDA Funding for Sangamon County Rural Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) today announced that the Village of Riverton and the United Regional Water Cooperative both received federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support waste-water treatment system updates and construction of a water treatment plant in Sangamon County. The Village of Riverton received a $2,407,000 loan and the United Regional Water Cooperative received a $1,770,000 loan and a $1,430,000 grant.

'This investment in our water infrastructure will ensure that Sangamon County residents have access to clean water improving public health and strengthening economic development,' said Rep. LaHood. 'This important funding will provide support to continue work on wastewater management systems in Sangamon County. I applaud Secretary Sonny Perdue and the Trump Administration for their support of central Illinois and our rural communities.'

'The Village of Riverton would like to thank Congressman Darin Lahood and the staff with the USDA Rural Loan Department in Jacksonville, Il, for their support and help navigating through the loan process. These funds will help us improve our sewer system along with adding new lines for the development of new businesses in the Village of Riverton. These projects would not be possible without the support of Congressman Lahood and his staff,' added Village of Riverton President/Mayor Tom Rader.

'Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small towns and cities,' Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. 'Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.'

Background:

The Village of Riverton-Loan of $2,407,000

  • This Rural Development investment will be used to provide waste-water treatment system updates for the Village of Riverton. The existing system has reached its useful life and no longer meets utility system standards. Improvements include installation of new pipes, construction of a gravity sewer and a lift station for the new Overpass Business Park, existing lift station upgrades (grinder pump), and replacement of 3rd Street gravity sewer. Improvements will alleviate health and sanitary concerns and will better serve approximately 3,455 users located in Sangamon Count.

United Regional Water Cooperative-Loan of $1,770,000 and a grant of $1,430,000

  • This Rural Development investment will be used to provide additional financing for the construction of the water treatment plant. The project is modest in size, design and cost. The project will correct health issues that currently exists for the proposed service area and will bring drinking water to acceptable standards for the users.