Illinois Attorneys for Sewerage, Waterworks, and Stormwater Infrastructure Funding

Sewerage, Waterworks, and Stormwater Infrastructure Funding for Communities and Governments

Undertaking an infrastructure project is a complex endeavor with numerous legal hurdles to overcome. For example, there are several federal and state codes and statutes that must be followed, including:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulations
  • Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Act 415 ILCS 5
  • Title 35 of the Illinois Administrative Code
  • State Environmental Protection Acts
  • Sanitary District Act of 1936
  • Sanitary District Act of 1917
  • Water Rate Study Requirements
  • Numerous Various Federal and State Administrative Codes

Smooth and cost-efficient project implementation, requires skilled counsel from attorneys who fully understand the governing laws and regulations and have a strong track record of success with past projects.

At Cisar & Mrofka, Ltd., we assist sanitary districts, cities, villages, and municipalities in obtaining low-cost funding for major waterworks infrastructure projects. Our attorneys are members of the Illinois Association of Water Waste Agencies (IAWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) with a half-century of combined experience in this area of the law. We have in-depth knowledge of the enabling statutes, regulatory codes, and ordinances that must be followed. We work collaboratively with local government entities to ensure compliance with all state and federal statutes and administrative codes. We also assist our clients in obtaining access to private and governmental borrowing sources offering the most favorable terms.

Obtaining Financing through State Revolving Fund (SRF) Programs

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency administers state revolving fund (SRF) programs for sewerage, stormwater, and waterworks infrastructure projects. These programs receive a combination of annual capitalization funding from the federal government, state matching funds, bond and interest proceeds, and program repayments. This allows the Agency to offer local government entities an ongoing source of low-interest financing for infrastructure funding. There are two Illinois SRF programs for waterworks infrastructure projects:

  • Water Pollution Control Loan Program (WPCLP): WPCLP funding is available for local government units that are initiating wastewater or sewage projects.
  • Public Water Supply Loan Program (PWSLP): PWSLP funding is available for local government units that are initiating drinking water projects.

Funding may be sought for new sewerage, stormwater, or waterworks projects or expansions/upgrades to existing infrastructure. Interest rates for project loans are one-half the current market interest rate (as defined by 35 Illinois Administrative Code 662) and the maximum loan term is 20 years.

At Cisar & Mrofka, Ltd., we put our extensive experience to work to provide comprehensive guidance on all matters related to waterworks infrastructure funding for communities and governments. Our skilled attorneys go above and beyond to help ensure statutory compliance and successful access to EPA grants and low-cost state funding programs. For a personalized consultation with one of our lawyers, contact our office today at 630-530-0000630-530-0000. From our offices in Oakbrook Terrace, we provide skilled counsel, advice and legal representation for clients in DuPage County, Cook County, Kane County, Kendall County, Will County, and throughout all Illinois communities.

Practice Areas

  • IAWA
  • Water Environment Federation
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association