PEKIN, Ill -- The city of Pekin is on the receiving end of a nearly $5 million loan to improve its waste water treatment system.
Governor Pat Quinn presented the first loan of his administration's Illinois clean water initiative.
The goal of the initiative is to help local governments overhaul aging drinking water and waste water treatment plants and pipes.
The governor says many Illinois residents are receiving drinking water through water mains that are nearly 100 years old.
"This is a very important day. A very first investment under our clean water imitative puts 180 people to work working on a waste water treatment facility for Pekin," Quinn said. "We want to do this everywhere we can all across Central Illinois, all across Illinois. We got to invest our public money in important things that put people to work."
Pekin officials say the major upgrade will help Pekin provide a significant increase in treatment capacity.