March 7, 2019
While Michigan residents are able to easily see the conditions of Michigan roads, the condition of Michigan’s drinking water infrastructure is less noticeable. After decades of deferred maintenance, annual infrastructure needs for water systems statewide are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition, emerging contaminants, such as PFAS, within drinking water systems are presenting new risks to public health. The Governor’s recently released budget proposal provides support to communities with implementing long-term solutions. In addition, the Governor is proposing funding to replace drinking fountains with hydration stations assuring students across the state receive safe drinking water. The department looks forward to partnering with the legislature and various stakeholders on implementing the proposal.
Additional detail regarding the infrastructure proposal can be found on pages 17 and 18 of the Fiscal Year 2020 Executive Recommendation Issue Papers.
Additional detail regarding the school hydration station proposal can be found on page 19 of the Fiscal Year 2020 Executive Recommendation Issue Papers.
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