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EGLE awards ARPA funding to Michigan communities

Feb 14, 2023

Communities throughout Michigan will benefit from improved water infrastructure thanks to billions of dollars of federal funding distributed to the state last year under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The ARPA funding is being awarded to municipalities by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) mainly through existing programs. Several million dollars have already been distributed to communities with nearly half a billion dollars expected to be awarded in 2023.

The ARPA funding addresses critical needs in both drinking water and wastewater systems across Michigan and the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than $470 billion will be needed over the next two decades to adequately address drinking water needs alone.

Michigan’s needs are substantial. The state’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure earned grades of D and D-minus from a recent report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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