The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $100-million grant to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to fund drinking water infrastructure upgrades in Flint, funding that had been approved by Congress and former President Barack Obama late last year.
Provided by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016, the funds awarded Friday, March 17, are designed to allow the city to accelerate work to replace lead service lines and make other infrastructure improvements, including upgrades to Flint’s water treatment plant.
The federal award to Michigan comes a month after the state backed Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s proposal for spending the money as well as $20 million in matching funds from the state.
“The people of Flint and all Americans deserve a more responsive federal government,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a news release from the agency. “EPA will especially focus on helping Michigan improve Flint’s water infrastructure as part of …