Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois recently announced a $21.5 million investment to support a major upgrade of the aging water infrastructure in Kankakee. Among the many benefits, the upgrades and improvements would prevent pollution from entering the Kankakee River.

From the Illinois Government News Network:

“‘Clean water is key to a community’s health and economic strength,’ Governor Pat Quinn said. ‘Today’s announcement means jobs for the Kankakee region and improved water quality for local residents. The Illinois Clean Water Initiative is creating jobs by helping our communities meet the future needs of their families and businesses, while also cleaning up our rivers.’

The KRMA treatment plant serves the communities of Kankakee, Aroma Park, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Chebanse and Manteno. It currently serves a population of 68,884 customers, but that is projected to grow to about 104,000 by the year 2030. On average more than 25 million gallons flow through the plant every day.

The upgrades will bring the plant into compliance with current requirements for dissolved oxygen, ammonia and heavy metal limits in the plant’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System for the plant’s effluent discharges into the Kankakee River after treatment. Among the upgrades is a replacement of the anaerobic digestion system, adding flow tanks and replacing dechlorination equipment.”

Read the complete announcement above, and find out more about the statewide clean water program here