IEMA announces $1.8 million grant to Rend Lake Conservancy Dist. | Community Spirit
JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday, January 15 the Rend Lake Conservancy District received a grant totaling $1,864,680 for a water main relocation project.
The IEMA says the project will expedite future repairs to the system that provides water to more than 39,000 people in Jefferson County.
“A safe and reliable water supply is critical to public health and safety,” said IEMA Assistant Director Joe Klinger. “While we can’t predict if or when a major earthquake or other disaster could strike, we can take proactive actions such as this project to reduce the potential impact on local residents.”
The grant was awarded through the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and is administered by IEMA. The grant represents 75 percent of the expected total project costs, with RLCD providing the remaining costs.
The water main currently lies underneath Rend Lake north of Whittington. The project will involve construction of a bypass around the lake to provide permanent access to the water main for future repairs. The move will reduce the potential for residents in Mt. Vernon and several other area communities to experience extended periods without drinking water in the event of a major earthquake.
“The City of Mt. Vernon is grateful to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for providing this funding to the Rend Lake Conservancy District,” said Mt. Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley. “This new transmission line will provide a secure and efficient flow of water to Mt. Vernon, which not only assists an increase of quality of life, but assists in our economic development efforts.”
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