WASHINGTON –Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) announced today that EJ Water Cooperative was awarded a USDA Rural Development grant of $1.2 million and a loan of $2.615 million.
The funds will be used to replace approximately 43 miles of PVC water main pipes in parts of Effingham and Shelby Counties. The upgrades will increase water pressure to users in this area and enable the entire system to operate at acceptable pressure levels, directly affecting 4,400 users.
“I congratulate EJ Water Cooperative on being awarded funds for this project,” Shimkus said. “Grants from the USDA make necessary development and public safety projects possible for rural communities. My office can assist with rural development grants as well as any other federal grant program application.”
***Press release courtesy of Congressman John Shimkus***