ALTO COLLAR – The population of Alto Pass is just over 300 people and many septic tanks in the village are breaking down.
Governor JB Pritzker announced on Wednesday that the Alto Pass will receive $ 4.4 million in funding for wastewater management.
The grant is part of $ 16.8 million in funding that was awarded to five communities across the state under the IEPA’s Sewer-Free Communities Building Grants Program, under the Illinois capital reconstruction plan, according to a statement.
The village currently has faulty septic tanks for the collection and treatment of wastewater from sanitary sewers. The village applied for and was approved for a UCCGP which will be used for the construction of a new wastewater treatment system with chlorination and a wastewater collection system with a septic tank effluent pump comprising about 160 new septic tanks and pumps in every home and business in the community, the statement said.
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A necessary discharge line will also be constructed as well as the installation of air relief valves, cleanouts and a back-up generator. Pavement removal and replacement and other improvements will also be included in the project, the statement said.
“Alto Pass is the first recipient of the EPA’s Sewer-Free Communities Grant in Illinois grant – but many more communities will follow. Through Rebuild Illinois, we’re making $ 100 million available to build facilities collection and treatment of wastewater for communities without them, “said Pritzker. . “We have also provided an additional grant program to help communities plan their future designs so that they can create the solution that works best for them – over 30 communities have already received these planning grants earlier this year.”
In the fall of 2020, the Illinois EPA announcement Funding of $ 20 million is available to help communities with inadequate or non-existent sewage collection and treatment facilities under the Sewer-Free Communities Building Grant program according to the press release.
“Thanks to Governor Pritzker’s bipartisan Illinois Reconstruction Plan, the Illinois EPA is making $ 100 million over the next five years in grants to build waste collection and / or treatment facilities. wastewater for these communities, ”the statement said. In addition, the Sewerless Communities Planning Grant program provides $ 1 million per year in smaller-scale grants to help communities develop building plans. “
Illinois EPA estimates that there are more than 200 communities in Illinois that have inadequate or non-existent wastewater collection and treatment facilities. These communities depend on individual septic systems or patchwork systems that result in illegal surface discharges that have negative impacts on the environment, the statement said.
“This grant will prevent potentially unhealthy conditions and likely negative environmental impacts from the current failing system,” said IEPA Director John J. Kim. “This project will allow the construction of new, reliable wastewater treatment infrastructure that will benefit residents, businesses and the environment.
In addition to EPA funding, Alto Pass also receives $ 500,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities and over $ 2.2 million from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Loan / Grant Funds. to help fund the project, the statement said. The total cost of the project is estimated at $ 6.622 million. The Village plans to begin construction in January 2022 and complete construction in December 2022.
Other communities receiving UCCGP grants include the Town of Freeport in Stephenson County, the Village of Westfield in Clark County, the Town of East Dubuque in Jo Daviess County, and the Moraine Water Harvesting District. North / Holiday Hills Village in McHenry County.