Loan to make storm sewer improvements

MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) -- The city is looking for more money to finish its new storm water treatment facility.

Tuesday night, city council members announced they're applying for  $12.5 million loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. 

It will cover the cost of installing piping to connect the sewers in town to the treatment facility. 

Dean Barber, public works director, says, “When it storms, the storm water overwhelms the sewer system and we need a way to treat that water so that it does not spill out directly into the environment or back up into people’s homes.” 

If the loan is approved, they plan to start construction this summer and finish in 2019. 


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