The Recovery Act funds will go to the state’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds programs.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program will receive $168,509,000. It provides low-interest loans for water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, non-point source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program will receive $67.4 million. It provides low-interest loans for drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements. The program also emphasizes providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.

The investment will create jobs, improve local economies and protect human health and the environment for the people in the State of Michigan.

EPA is pleased to provide almost $236 million in Recovery Act funds for much needed improvements to Michigan’s aging drinking water and waste water infrastructure, including sewer systems, said Bharat Mathur, acting regional administrator. This money will protect human health and improve water quality while helping to create good-paying jobs in the state.

A $6 billion dollars will be awarded to fund water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the country under the Recovery Act in the form of low-interest loans, principal forgiveness and grants. At least 20% of the funds provided under the Recovery Act are to be used for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency improvements and other environmentally friendly projects.