Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the Michigan Clean Water Infrastructure Plan on Oct. 1.
On Oct. 1, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the Michigan Clean Water Infrastructure Plan.
“The MI Clean Water investment will help us rebuild Michigan’s water infrastructure and will prioritize and invest directly into protecting our public health, environment, and economy,” said Whitmer in a statement.
Funding will assist lead service line replacement in low-income communities along with bonding authority for water quality protection, according to Booth Newspapers. There will be a one-time General Fund appropriation for drinking water infrastructure and innovation.
Additionally, there will be various grants for components including: non-lead drinking water infrastructure, drinking water asset management, correcting combined sewer overflows, and removing direct and continuous discharges of raw sewage from surface or groundwater.
“Access to clean drinking water is a cornerstone of our work at EGLE, and this exciting package of water protections pulls together a wealth of resources to help ensure clean water for all Michiganders,” said department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Director Liesl Clark.
According to Whitmer’s office, taxes will not be raised as a result of the investment and will support over 7,500 jobs.
Whitmer called on the state Legislature to authorize EGLE to use the rest of the 2002 Great Lakes Water Quality bond.
“It’s time for the Legislature to take bold actions to invest in Michigan’s infrastructure and protect our water from toxic contamination,” Whitmer said. “Michiganders are tired of waiting for action, the time is now. We must all work together to improve the quality of the waters of our State.”
The head of the U.S. Department of Environmental Quality recently toured Michigan to promote a few water quality initiatives a day after the first presidential debate. The EPA also announced another $95 million investment into a state revolving loan fund that allows Michigan communities to borrow money for water infrastructure improvements. $681,000 will go to the Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy for voluntary lead testing of drinking water in child care programs.