Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced $213,201,000 in federal funds have been awarded to the state of Michigan to improve water infrastructure and ensure clean drinking water.
The federal grant, through State Revolving Funds (SRFs), is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This funding will update water infrastructure, remove lead pipes and protect drinking water from harmful per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.
"Everyone should have access to safe and affordable drinking water," said Congressman Kildee. "I was proud to vote for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which makes a huge investment to improve Michigan's water infrastructure. These investments will ensure that Michiganders have access to safe and affordable drinking water and create thousands of good-paying union jobs removing lead pipes. Thank you to President Biden for working to deliver this money to Michigan as quickly as possible."
"With President Biden's leadership and congressional action, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has created a historic opportunity to correct longstanding environmental and economic injustices across America," said Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan. "As leaders, we must seize this moment. Billions of dollars are about to start flowing to states and it is critical that EPA partners with states, Tribes and territories to ensure the benefits of these investments are delivered in the most equitable way."
This 2022 funding for water projects represents the first installment of five yearly investments in Michigan's water infrastructure through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Nearly half of this funding is available as grants or principal forgiveness loans that remove barriers to investing in essential water infrastructure in underserved communities across rural America and urban centers.
For more than 30 years, the SRFs have been the foundation of water infrastructure investments, providing low-cost financing for local projects across Michigan. However, many vulnerable communities facing water challenges have not received their fair share of federal water infrastructure funding. Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Michigan has a unique opportunity to correct this disparity.
Congressman Kildee led efforts to include funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to remove lead service lines. Congressman Kildee is also co-chair of the Bipartisan PFAS Task Force with a record of advocating cleaning up PFAS chemical contamination. Congressman Kildee has worked with Republicans and Democrats at all levels of government to address PFAS contamination. Kildee has previously introduced legislation to speed up set a national drinking water standard for PFAS, clean-up efforts and detect PFAS contamination at other sites across the country.