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EGLE announces $21.2 million in MI Clean Water grants to help Michigan communities upgrade water infrastructure, protect health and the environment

Drinking water plant upgrades in the city of St. Clair and wastewater treatment facility improvements in Croswell are among $21.2 million in Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) grants recently awarded to Michigan communities.

The MI Clean Water Plan grants, through EGLE’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) aim to help communities upgrade aging infrastructure to 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 drinking water from community water systems. Those systems often struggle to find resources to address legacy issues like aging drinking water and stormwater facilities and emerging challenges like new standards for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) “forever chemicals.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Legislature, and federal agencies have ramped up funding for aging water infrastructure – a critical move to help ensure those water systems continue to protect public health and the environment, including Michigan’s unmatched freshwater resources.

More than half of EGLE’s budget has traditionally passed through to Michigan cities, towns, villages, and other local government agencies to finance critical improvements that help them better protect residents and our natural resources.

Grant roundup

Recent grants through the DWSRF:

  • City of Montrose for $1,683,750.  The project includes replacement of approximately 3,250 linear feet of water main along Latting Street, Russell Street, Saginaw Street, North Street, Alfred Street, and Coke Drive; installation of approximately 250 linear feet of a water main loop from Latting Street to Russell Street; and plugging of an abandoned well on the southwest corner of Washington Street and Ash Street.
  • City of Memphis for $873,900.  The project will replace water mains along Lois and Roberts Streets, 26 lead service lines, publicly owned water meters, filter media at the arsenic removal plant, and well pumps, as well as installing a back-up generator, automatic transfer switch, and completing electrical upgrades to the generator.
  • City of Coleman for $5,051,618.  The project consists of replacement of water service meters, replacement of approximately 14,500 linear feet of water main, installation of new water mains to correct dead ends, replacement of 26 lead or galvanized service lines, and improvements to the elevated storage tank.
  • City of Bessemer for $588,979.  The project consists of approximately 1,240-feet of water main replacement on E. Colby Street and Osmose Road, vent and roof replacement at the Tilden Tank standpipe, and vent replacement at Rock Bluff Reservoir. Additionally, the City of Bessemer anticipates replacing approximately 75 lead service lines throughout the city.
  • City of St. Clair for $2,733,750.  The project consists of water treatment plant and pump station improvements, and water main looping. Specific improvements include installation of an additional filter, building repairs, and component upgrades/replacement. Water main looping will involve construction of approximately 1,400 linear feet of additional water main to remove a dead-end.

Recent grants through the CWSRF:

  • City of Croswell for $10,245,000.  The project consists of improvements to the City of Croswell’s wastewater treatment plant pertaining to the pumping, biological treatment, and disinfection systems, and buildings. Also included in the project are improvements at five lift stations throughout the collection system and cured in place pipe lining of approximately 7,190 feet of sanitary sewer to address structural integrity of the sewer as well as infiltration and inflow.

Descriptions of funding sources

  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: Low-interest loan program to help public water systems finance the costs of replacement and repair of drinking water infrastructure to protect public health and achieve or maintain compliance with federal Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. The DWSRF provides loans to water systems for eligible infrastructure projects. As water systems repay their loans, the repayments and interest flow back into the DWSRF to support new loans. American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding operates as a grant and may be used in combination with loan dollars to reduce the financial burden on communities to pay for capital improvement debt.
    • ARPA funded grants awarded this fiscal year: $218,398,719.
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF): Used by local municipalities to finance construction of water pollution control projects. These projects include wastewater treatment plant upgrades and expansions, combined or sanitary sewer overflow abatement, new sewers designed to reduce existing sources of pollution, and other publicly owned wastewater treatment efforts that improve water quality. The CWSRF can also finance stormwater infrastructure projects to reduce nonpoint sources of water pollution caused by things like agricultural runoff to lakes, streams, and wetlands. As with the DWSRF, ARPA funds can be used in conjunction with CWSRF loan dollars, thereby reducing the debt communities pay for infrastructure improvements.
    • ARPA-funded grants awarded this fiscal year: $137,982,009.
  • Drinking Water Asset Management Program: Provides grant funding to assist drinking water suppliers with asset management plan development and updates, and/or distribution system materials inventories as defined in Michigan’s revised Lead and Copper Rule.
    • Awarded this fiscal year: $19,695,817.
  • Consolidation and Contamination Risk Reduction Program: Established to aid drinking water systems to help remove or reduce PFAS or other contaminants.
    • Awarded this fiscal year: $20,336,215.
  • Substantial Public Health Risk Project Program: Protects public and environmental health by removing direct and continuous discharges of wastewater from surface or groundwater.
    • Awarded this fiscal year: $8,000,000.

Additional Background


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

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