Clean water grants total more than  million across Michigan

Clean water grants total more than $12 million across Michigan

Clean water grants total more than  million across Michigan

A new water well in UP will be built as part of the grant money

A new water well in the Upper Peninsula and grants to help 28 communities plan for water system improvements, including replacing lead service lines, are among $12.6 million in state grants recently awarded to Michigan cities, towns and municipalities to protect public health and Michigan’s water resources.

Michigan Clean Water Plan grants through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), and federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) support are intended to help communities upgrade aging infrastructure, ensure healthy drinking water, and protect Michigan’s environment.

Seventy percent of Michiganders are served by more than 1,000 community wastewater systems, and a similar percentage get their drinking water from community water systems. Those systems often struggle to find resources to address legacy issues, such as aging drinking water and stormwater facilities, and emerging challenges, such as new standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), “forever chemicals.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Legislature and federal agencies have increased funding for aging water infrastructure, a critical step to help ensure that these water systems continue to protect public health and the environment, including Michigan’s unparalleled freshwater resources.

Traditionally, more than half of EGLE’s budget has gone to Michigan cities, towns, villages and other local government agencies to fund critical improvements that help them better protect residents and our natural resources.

“With 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water, Michigan is fortunate to have quality streams, lakes and groundwater that provide drinking water to 10 million residents,” said Phil Roos, director of EGLE. “Maintaining modern, efficient treatment systems is vital to ensuring the health of Michiganders is protected. These grants help communities meet that challenge.”

Summary of grants

Recent grants through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF):

  • Negaunee/Ishpeming Water Authority for $930,000. This involves the construction of a new drinking water production well. The project also includes the construction of a new well with supervisory control and data acquisition and an associated control system, the installation of a potassium permanganate treatment system, and the installation of approximately 5,400 feet of transmission pipeline to connect the new well to the existing system. The water authority will abandon the existing well once the new well is operational.

Affordability and Planning Grants:

These grants provide funding to help communities plan and meet water infrastructure needs across the state.

  • City of Saline: $81,000
  • City of Muskegon: $122,500
  • City of Detroit: $500,000
  • Hillman Village: $90,000
  • City of Ecorse: $500,000

Technical, management and financial grants:

Twenty-three water systems received grants to work on identifying or verifying lead service lines in preparation for replacement. The process to accomplish this effort includes water cleaning on both sides of each sidewalk and conducting an in-building investigation to document service line materials. This project includes applicable restoration to the original condition of water cleaned locations through water cleaning. High-pressure water cleaning involves equipment that uses high-pressure water to cut and liquefy soil, while simultaneously using a high-volume vacuum to remove soil from the excavation.

Recipients and their respective amounts:

  • City of Munising: $319,830
  • City of Eaton Rapids: $564,000
  • Romeo Town: $334,100
  • Grosse Pointe Shores Village: $342,700
  • City of Galesburg: $600,000
  • Beverly Hills Villa: $350,900
  • City of East Jordan: $537,189
  • City of Marysville: $589,900
  • City of Gaylord: $252,163
  • Kalkaska Village: $372,049
  • City of North Muskegon: $599,680
  • City of Southfield: $555,700
  • Clair Township: $366,764
  • City of South Lyon: $384,530
  • City of Northville: $600,000
  • City of Ludington: $600,000
  • Town of Augusta: $404,600
  • Blissfield Village: $483,000
  • City of Clawson: $600,000
  • City of Sylvan Lake: $264,900
  • City of Manistique: $423,617
  • Village of Waldron: $292,550
  • City of Berkeley: $570,900

Descriptions of funding sources

State Revolving Fund for Drinking Water: Low-interest loan program to help public water systems finance the costs of replacing and repairing drinking water infrastructure to protect public health and achieve or maintain compliance with the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The DWSRF provides loans to water systems for eligible infrastructure projects. As water systems repay their loans, repayments and interest flow back into the DWSRF to support new loans. ARPA funding functions like a grant and can be used in combination with loan dollars to reduce the financial burden on communities to repay capital improvement debt. ARPA funded grants Awarded this fiscal year: $218,398,719.

Clean Water State Revolving Fund: Local municipalities use it to fund the construction of water pollution control projects. These projects include wastewater treatment plant upgrades and expansions, combined sewer or sanitary sewer overflow reduction, new sewers designed to reduce existing sources of pollution, and other publicly owned wastewater treatment initiatives that improve water quality. The CWSRF can also fund stormwater infrastructure projects to reduce nonpoint sources of water pollution caused by things like agricultural runoff into lakes, streams, and wetlands. As with the DWSRF, ARPA funds can be used in conjunction with CWSRF loan dollars, thereby reducing the debt that communities pay for infrastructure improvements. ARPA funded grants Awarded this fiscal year: $137,982,009.

Drinking Water Asset Management Program: Provides grant funds to assist drinking water suppliers with the development and updates of their asset management plan and/or distribution system materials inventories, as defined in Michigan Revised Law. Lead and copper rule. Awarded this fiscal year: $19,695,817.

Pollution Risk Consolidation and Reduction Program: Established to assist drinking water systems in eliminating or reducing PFAS or other contaminants. Awarded this fiscal year: $20,336,215.

Substantial Public Health Risk Projects Program: Protects public and environmental health by eliminating direct and continuous discharges of wastewater to surface water or groundwater. Awarded this fiscal year: $8,000,000.

Emerging Pollutants Grant Program for Small and Disadvantaged Communities: Provides states and territories with grants to public water systems in small or disadvantaged communities to address emerging contaminants, including PFAS.

Technical, management and financial grants: Funds for work Related to the physical verification of service lines on properties where lead is suspected but not confirmed or where the service line material is unknown but likely to contain lead.

Affordability and Planning Grants: These grants are designed to help communities plan and finance water infrastructure improvements, including the replacement of lead service lines.

Additional background

Since January 2019, the State of Michigan has invested more than $4 billion to improve drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater facilities across the state, supporting more than 57,000 jobs.

  • In 2022, Governor Whitmer signed a package of bills to help communities access funding for water infrastructure.