Michigan receives $91.4 million in grants for water infrastructure upgrades

(UI) — State grants totaling over $91 million have been awarded to Michigan communities, aiming to fund essential infrastructure projects. These include the installation of new water mains in Ecorse, sewer line upgrades in Benton Harbor, and lead service line replacements in multiple areas.

The funding, distributed through programs like the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), and the Emerging Contaminants in Small or Disadvantaged Communities Grant Program (EC-SDC), along with support from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will address critical needs across the state.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, alongside the Michigan Legislature and federal agencies, has prioritized funding for water infrastructure upgrades. This investment is crucial for protecting public health and preserving Michigan's unparalleled freshwater resources.

The grants will support various projects in communities across Michigan. For example, Ecorse will replace aging water mains, Benton Harbor will upgrade sewer lines, and several communities will undertake lead service line replacements. Additionally, funding will address emerging challenges like Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination.

According to Phil Roos, Director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), these grants exemplify collaborative efforts to rebuild water infrastructure statewide.

The grant allocations include:

  • $7,575,000 for water main replacements in Ecorse
  • $10,985,000 for critical improvements to the Isabella Treatment Facility in Union Township
  • $3,612,000 for project completion in Grayling Township, funded through the EC-SDC program
  • $4,160,000 for pump station rehabilitation and sewer system upgrades in Melvindale
  • $19,577,200 for sewer system rehabilitation in Benton Harbor

These investments mark significant progress in Michigan's ongoing efforts to improve water infrastructure and ensure clean, safe drinking water for all residents. With continued support from state and federal sources, Michigan is taking proactive steps to address water infrastructure challenges and protect public health and the environment.

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