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EGLE's water infrastructure finance section awards 100th drinking water grant under MI Clean Water Plan
February 23, 2022
Last week, EGLE's Water Infrastructure Finance Section (WIFS) awarded its 100th MI Clean Water Grant to the City of Southgate. These programs consist of the Drinking Water Asset Management (DWAM) and Consolidation and Contamination Remediation (C2R2) grants made up of $36.5 million and $25 million in available funding accordingly. WIFS has now awarded just over $50 million to the 100 Michigan cities, villages, and township to help them achieve safe, clean drinking water for their residents.
The DWAM program provides grant funding to support drinking water supplies in completing their Distribution System Material Inventories as required by Michigan's revised Lead and Copper Rule and supports asset management plan development and updates. So far, $30,501,821 has been awarded to a total of 92 communities around the state.
The City of Southgate's Mayor Joseph G. Kuspa said of receiving the DWAM grant: "Water safety and integrity are vital for any community. As we look to replace lead service lines in our neighborhoods, this DWAM Grant will be instrumental in identifying potential hazardous infrastructure and enhancing our ability to correct those situations in a timely manner. Special thanks to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy for making these much-needed grants available."
The C2R2 Program was established to provide assistance to drinking water systems to remove or reduce PFAS or other contaminants. So far, $19,815,215 has been awarded to a total of eight communities.
More than half of EGLE's budget flows back to communities in the form of loans and grants to help them protect the environment and public health.
Caption: Map of MI Clean Water grants.