(415 ILCS 5/19.3) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 1019.3)
    Sec. 19.3. Water Revolving Fund.
    (a) There is hereby created within the State Treasury a Water Revolving Fund, consisting of 3 interest-bearing special programs to be known as the Water Pollution Control Loan Program, the Public Water Supply Loan Program, and the Loan Support Program, which shall be used and administered by the Agency.
    (b) The Water Pollution Control Loan Program shall be used and administered by the Agency to provide assistance for the following purposes:
        (1) to accept and retain funds from grant awards,
    
appropriations, transfers, and payments of interest and principal;
        (2) to make direct loans at or below market interest
    
rates and to provide additional subsidization, including, but not limited to, forgiveness of principal, negative interest rates, and grants, to any eligible local government unit to finance the construction of treatments works, including storm water treatment systems that are treatment works, and projects that fulfill federal State Revolving Fund grant requirements for a green project reserve;
        (2.5) with respect to funds provided under the
    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009:
            (A) to make direct loans at or below market
        
interest rates to any eligible local government unit and to provide additional subsidization to any eligible local government unit, including, but not limited to, forgiveness of principal, negative interest rates, and grants;
            (B) to make direct loans at or below market
        
interest rates to any eligible local government unit to buy or refinance debt obligations for treatment works incurred on or after October 1, 2008; and
            (C) to provide additional subsidization,
        
including, but not limited to, forgiveness of principal, negative interest rates, and grants for treatment works incurred on or after October 1, 2008;
        (3) to make direct loans at or below market interest
    
rates and to provide additional subsidization, including, but not limited to, forgiveness of principal, negative interest rates, and grants, to any eligible local government unit to buy or refinance debt obligations for costs incurred after March 7, 1985, for the construction of treatment works, including storm water treatment systems that are treatment works, and projects that fulfill federal State Revolving Fund grant requirements for a green project reserve;
        (3.5) to make loans, including, but not limited to,
    
loans through a linked deposit program, at or below market interest rates for the implementation of a management program established under Section 319 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended;
        (4) to guarantee or purchase insurance for local
    
obligations where such action would improve credit market access or reduce interest rates;
        (5) as a source of revenue or security for the
    
payment of principal and interest on revenue or general obligation bonds issued by the State or any political subdivision or instrumentality thereof, if the proceeds of such bonds will be deposited in the Fund;
        (6) to finance the reasonable costs incurred by the
    
Agency in the administration of the Fund;
        (7) to transfer funds to the Public Water Supply Loan
    
Program; and
        (8) notwithstanding any other provision of this
    
subsection (b), to provide, in accordance with rules adopted under this Title, any other financial assistance that may be provided under Section 603 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for any other projects or activities eligible for assistance under that Section or federal rules adopted to implement that Section.
    (c) The Loan Support Program shall be used and administered by the Agency for the following purposes:
        (1) to accept and retain funds from grant awards and
    
appropriations;
        (2) to finance the reasonable costs incurred by the
    
Agency in the administration of the Fund, including activities under Title III of this Act, including the administration of the State construction grant program;
        (3) to transfer funds to the Water Pollution Control
    
Loan Program and the Public Water Supply Loan Program;
        (4) to accept and retain a portion of the loan
    
repayments;
        (5) to finance the development of the low interest
    
loan programs for water pollution control and public water supply projects;
        (6) to finance the reasonable costs incurred by the
    
Agency to provide technical assistance for public water supplies; and
        (7) to finance the reasonable costs incurred by the
    
Agency for public water system supervision programs, to administer or provide for technical assistance through source water protection programs, to develop and implement a capacity development strategy, to delineate and assess source water protection areas, and for an operator certification program in accordance with Section 1452 of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
    (d) The Public Water Supply Loan Program shall be used and administered by the Agency to provide assistance to local government units and privately owned community water supplies for public water supplies for the following public purposes:
        (1) to accept and retain funds from grant awards,
    
appropriations, transfers, and payments of interest and principal;
        (2) to make direct loans at or below market interest
    
rates and to provide additional subsidization, including, but not limited to, forgiveness of principal, negative interest rates, and grants, to any eligible local government unit or to any eligible privately owned community water supply to finance the construction of water supplies and projects that fulfill federal State Revolving Fund grant requirements for a green project reserve;
        (2.5) with respect to funds provided under the
    
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009:
            (A) to make direct loans at or below market
        
interest rates to any eligible local government unit or to any eligible privately owned community water supply, and to provide additional subsidization to any eligible local government unit or to any eligible privately owned community water supply, including, but not limited to, forgiveness of principal, negative interest rates, and grants;
            (B) to buy or refinance the debt obligation of a
        
local government unit for costs incurred on or after October 1, 2008; and
            (C) to provide additional subsidization,
        
including, but not limited to, forgiveness of principal, negative interest rates, and grants for a local government unit for costs incurred on or after October 1, 2008;
        (3) to make direct loans at or below market interest
    
rates and to provide additional subsidization, including, but not limited to, forgiveness of principal, negative interest rates, and grants, to any eligible local government unit or to any eligible privately owned community water supply to buy or refinance debt obligations for costs incurred on or after July 17, 1997, for the construction of water supplies and projects that fulfill federal State Revolving Fund requirements for a green project reserve;
        (4) to guarantee local obligations where such action
    
would improve credit market access or reduce interest rates;
        (5) as a source of revenue or security for the
    
payment of principal and interest on revenue or general obligation bonds issued by the State or any political subdivision or instrumentality thereof, if the proceeds of such bonds will be deposited into the Fund;
        (6) to transfer funds to the Water Pollution Control
    
Loan Program; and
        (7) notwithstanding any other provision of this
    
subsection (d), to provide to local government units and privately owned community water supplies any other financial assistance that may be provided under Section 1452 of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act for any expenditures eligible for assistance under that Section or federal rules adopted to implement that Section.
    (e) The Agency is designated as the administering agency of the Fund. The Agency shall submit to the Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency an intended use plan which outlines the proposed use of funds available to the State. The Agency shall take all actions necessary to secure to the State the benefits of the federal Water Pollution Control Act and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, as now or hereafter amended.
    (f) The Agency shall have the power to enter into intergovernmental agreements with the federal government or the State, or any instrumentality thereof, for purposes of capitalizing the Water Revolving Fund. Moneys on deposit in the Water Revolving Fund may be used for the creation of reserve funds or pledged funds that secure the obligations of repayment of loans made pursuant to this Section. For the purpose of obtaining capital for deposit into the Water Revolving Fund, the Agency may also enter into agreements with financial institutions and other persons for the purpose of selling loans and developing a secondary market for such loans. The Agency shall have the power to create and establish such reserve funds and accounts as may be necessary or desirable to accomplish its purposes under this subsection and to allocate its available moneys into such funds and accounts. Investment earnings on moneys held in the Water Revolving Fund, including any reserve fund or pledged fund, shall be deposited into the Water Revolving Fund.
(Source: P.A. 98-782, eff. 7-23-14; 99-187, eff. 7-29-15; 99-922, eff. 1-17-17.)