June 30, 2021

Duckworth Discusses the Importance of Water Infrastructure with Wood Dale Officials


[WOOD DALE, IL] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with leaders in Wood Dale and toured the city’s ongoing Ward 2 & 3 Stormwater Improvement Project. While there, Duckworth met with several officials to discuss the project and her bipartisan Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act, which the Senate passed in April and would invest more than $35 billion for water resource development projects across the country with a focus on upgrading aging infrastructure, addressing the threat of climate change on our water systems, investing in new technologies and providing assistance to marginalized communities. Photos from today’s meeting are available here.

“Building back better means investing in our nation’s water infrastructure in communities across our state,” said Duckworth. “I had a great discussion today with Wood Dale leadership, and I’ll keep working to help make sure they have the support they need to protect, treat and update their water systems and improve the lives of Illinoisans in the region.”

Duckworth was joined on the tour by several local leaders, including Wood Dale Mayor Nunzio Pulice, Wood Dale School District 7 Board of Education Superintendent John Corbett and several members of the Wood Dale City Council.

Duckworth’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA) contains several programs to address stormwater and flooding issues, including an increase to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which provides federal money to each state to give low interest loans and grants to local projects for stormwater and wastewater infrastructure. DWWIA also reauthorizes the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, which allows projects to apply for long term low interest loans from the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency for wastewater, stormwater and water treatment infrastructure.