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Some small Illinois communities are getting money from the state to repair or improve their public drinking water systems.

The Illinois EPA says it is handing out almost $2 million for projects in 18 communities from DeWitt in central Illinois to Colona in western Henry County and Elizabethtown in Hardin County near the Metro East region.

The agency says it has the money on hand to disperse. Illinois EPA interim director Lisa Bonnett says smaller communities often don't have the money to make needed repairs.

Some of the issues to be fixed include arsenic violations, unsafe source waters, and inadequate pressure tanks. The projects range in cost from $5,200 up to $200,000.

The agency got 67 applications for money.

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