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Chicago Gets State Loan to Replace Water Pipes
Chicago Gets State Loan to Replace Water Pipes

The city of Chicago is getting a $25 million low-interest loan from the state to replace more than 18 miles of water pipes.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the loan as part of Illinois’ $1 billion clean water initiative.

He says the project will help meet the clean water needs of area residents. It also will create more than 200 construction jobs and about 100 other indirect jobs related to supplies and equipment.

Chicago’s department of water management has a goal of replacing 1 percent of its 4,230-mile water main network — or about 42 miles of pipes — each year.

But because many water mains are more than 100 years old, the department wants to increase the goal to 75 miles each year by 2016.