Wednesday, July 30

Local sewer and water projects
contained in House-passed bill

LaHood helps secure funds in EPA appropriations bill          Send a link to a friend

[JULY 30, 2003]  WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, has helped secure funding for several central Illinois sewer and water projects in the House-passed version of the fiscal 2004 appropriations bill for the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA funding is contained in the funding bill for Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and other agencies.  The bill passed the House on July 25 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

"One of the most pressing needs of our rural communities is the updating or construction of water and sewer systems," said LaHood. "These systems are typically very expensive, and cash-strapped rural communities have a hard time funding these important projects.  I am pleased we were able to secure funding in the House-passed bill, and I look forward to working with the Senate to ensure these projects are in the final bill."

The central Illinois sewer and water projects included in the VA-HUD appropriations bill are these:

  • Armington: $500,000 for a sanitary sewer system

  • Delavan: $350,000 for new water service lines and two storage tanks

  • Forsyth: $500,000 for a new water treatment facility

  • Lincoln: $500,000 for upgrades to wastewater treatment facility

  • Oreana: $250,000 for a water main and booster pumping station

  • Peoria: $648,500 for a sanitary sewer infrastructure in growth cells 2 and 3

  • Virginia: $500,000 for a water treatment facility

  • Washington: $401,500 for improvements to School Street sewer interceptor

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