Earlier this week the Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced six new loan commitments totaling $23,190,000 from the department's revolving fund programs to aid communities throughout Michigan to make needed infrastructure improvements.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Strategic Water Quality Initiatives Fund (SWQIF) provide low-interest financing for local units of government to make needed improvements to wastewater collection and treatment facilities, while assistance from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) finances improvements to public drinking water systems.
"Communities across Michigan are making tremendous strides in protecting and enhancing Michigan's water resources by implementing these critically important infrastructure improvement projects," said DNRE Director Rebecca A. Humphries. "These low-interest loans also bring new jobs through construction activity and help communities attract new business opportunities."
With loan interest rates well below those otherwise available in the open market, funding infrastructure projects through the DNRE's programs allows communities to pass the savings along to users of their water and wastewater systems.
The funded CWSRF projects will see wastewater infrastructure improvements in four communities across the state totaling $18,835,000. The SWQIF awarded a loan totaling $365,000 and the DWRF loaned $3,990,000.
The city of Lapeer's $8,905,000 will be going towards improvements at the wastewater treatment plant, including work on the bypass pump station, head works, and secondary treatment equipment and construction of a new disinfection system.
Delhi Charter Township is receiving an $8,400,000 loan to complete upgrades to a sanitary sewage pumping station and installing a new screening system at the wastewater treatment plant.
A $305,000 loan to the city of Grand Blanc is for approximately 3,420 feet of storm water extensions located in the Reid Road Pumping Station area to allow footing drains to be disconnected from sanitary sewers, ending overloads at the pumping station.
Also, the CWSRF is providing a loan of $1,225,000 to the city of Mt. Clemens for the replacement of structurally deficient sewers, as well as the replacement of the existing chlorine disinfection process with ultraviolet disinfection. The project will eliminate the potential for structural sewer failure and eliminate the safety hazards associated with the use of chlorine, as well as the production of chlorine by products in the Clinton River.
$365,000 from the SWQIF program is being awarded to the city of Grand Blanc for the disconnection of footing drains for 61 structures located within the Reid Road Pumping Station area. Removing clear water from the city's sanitary sewer systems will prevent sanitary sewer overflows and basement backups. All SWQIF capital originates from the Great Lakes Water Quality Bond Fund.
The DWRF is providing a loan of $3,990,000 to the city of Grosse Pointe Woods for installing water main on 11 streets and also for installing remote read water meters that transmit data to a central office.