Sep 15, 2020

Michigan Receives $1.9 million Lead Testing Grant for School Drinking Water

Michigan has received a $1.9 million EPA grant for lead testing of school drinking water

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced that it has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. EPA for lead testing of drinking water at schools and child care facilities in the state.

Michigan will receive $1,871,000 from the $69.7 million EPA Voluntary Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care grant program, according to the EGLE press release.

Funding towards the protection of children in areas where blood lead levels in the state are higher and where schools are unable to pay for testing are being prioritized. According to the press release, EGLE has sent invitations to schools and child care facilities that meet the criteria of the grant program. 

The plan is to address lead exposure from drinking water in schools and child care facilities by testing the drinking water and working with facilities to remove or remediate locations with elevated lead.

“Seeking opportunities to collaborate with state agencies and federal partners supports our mission of providing cleaner drinking water to all Michiganders,” said EGLE Clean Water Public Advocate Ninah Sasy. “This governmental collaboration combined with our public outreach and Clean Water Ambassador program creates an environment where we can quickly get funding and resources to the communities most in need.”

The grant period for the Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care Facility Program is from July 2020 through September 2023. Those interested in the program and who did not get an invitation should contact EGLE for eligibility determination. So far, EGLE has sent the first round of invitations and will continue to send out invitations every quarter until the end of the grant.

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