EPA Awards $100 Million Toward Flint Upgrades

Flint to accelerate replacement of lead service lines

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $100 million grant to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to fund drinking water infrastructure upgrades in Flint, Mich. The funding, provided by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016 (WIIN), enables Flint to accelerate and expand its work to replace lead service lines and make other critical infrastructure improvements.  

“The people of Flint and all Americans deserve a more responsive federal government,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA will especially focus on helping Michigan improve Flint’s water infrastructure as part of our larger goal of improving America’s water infrastructure.”

“I appreciate the EPA approving this funding to assist with Flint’s recovery,” said Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. “Combined with the nearly $250 million in state funding already allocated, this will help keep Flint on a solid path forward. It’s great to see federal, state and local partners continuing to work together to help with infrastructure upgrades and pipe replacements for the people of Flint.”

“We are excited and very grateful to receive these much needed funds,” said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. “The City of Flint being awarded a grant of this magnitude in such a critical time of need will be a huge benefit. As we prepare to start the next phase of the FAST Start pipe replacement program, these funds will give us what we need to reach our goal of replacing 6,000 pipes this year and make other needed infrastructure improvements. We look forward to the continued support of the EPA and federal government.”

The WIIN funding supplements EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF), a federal-state partnership. In addition to the federal funds, the State of Michigan is providing the required 20% match of $20 million. Over the years, EPA has provided more than $32.5 billion to states for infrastructure upgrades through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

Under President Donald J. Trump’s budget blueprint, SRF remains fully funded, and the proposal provides funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program to finance critical drinking and wastewater infrastructure.

Source: 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

JM Eagle offer of Free pipe to replace all Flint water pipes

What about the free pipe that was offered to them from JM Eagle? Why have they not taken up the offer for the free pipe? This just seems insane not to accept the offer and also that no one is covering the refusal of a $7,000,000.00 gift. Our elected official's at work again!

Re: JM Eagle offer of Free pipe to replace all Flint water pipes

It looks like the city did not want to use plastic pipe, but the articles I found did not indicate why. The offer was covered in mainstream media in Michigan (http://www.wnem.com/story/32043541/company-offers-to-replace-pipes-in-fl...) and California (http://www.abc12.com/home/headlines/California-company-offers-to-replace...) last year, as well as in WQP's sister publication W&WD (http://www.wwdmag.com/pipe-distribution/special-section-pipe-distributio...). A few of the articles I found mentioned that JM Eagle had some legal problems in the past regarding its PVC pipe, but do not say whether that had any effect on the city accepting the offer.

Kate Ferguson
WQP Editor-in-Chief

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