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The Godley Public Water District will receive a $500,000 grant to improve water security for Will and Grundy Counties under this year’s state budget.

 40th District State Senator Patrick Joyce said improving our water infrastructure improves the quality of life and public health in our communities.

This funding puts the Water District on track to construct a water intake from the Kankakee River to improve water reliability and quality for the entire region.

The Water District secured a permit to construct a water withdrawal from the Kankakee River in 2019.  The withdrawal permit represents the first step of securing a reliable source of water.

The next steps which are set out in the permit are:

1. Gain approval of the plan to protect the fish and mussel population that may be impacted by construction of the intake. 

2. Gain approval of detailed engineering plans for the withdrawal. 

3. Construct the withdrawal.

The Water District has fully funded step one and expects to receive plan approval soon.

Joe Cosgrove, manager of the Godley Public Water District, says the grant will help fund the engineering, planning and other services needed to complete step two.