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Lead pipes, water mains in South Haven to be replaced with help from state low-interest loans

Water main installation in downtown South HavenLead water pipes and water mains along several blocks of downtown South Haven will be replaced with the help of a low-interest loan from the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) awarded the $1.21 million loan to the city, to be used in conjunction with prior low-interest loan financing through the State's Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and other sources. The previous CWSRF loan was awarded last quarter and is being used to replace sanitary sewer in the same area.

Michigan's DWSRF provides low-cost financing for drinking water projects that help meet the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

South Haven's use of planning and asset management is allowing the city to see cost savings through its coordination of funding and financing sources and by addressing multiple underground utilities at the same time. Additionally, $108,900 of the DWSRF loan will be forgiven due to the city qualifying as a disadvantaged community in the DWSRF program.

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