In March, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan (ARP), a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus to reinvest in our communities and rebuild our economy after the Covid-19 Pandemic. Michigan was awarded $11 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan, and now it’s up to the state Legislature on how that money is invested. 

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Michigan to begin to build a just and equitable future that centers on clean, accessible water and healthy communities. 

The Fund MI Water Plan will help address decades of lack of investment in our water systems, protect and provide clean, safe drinking water, rebuild our aging waste and stormwater infrastructure, and address toxic contamination. 

Michigan LCV: FundMIWater Infrastructure Plan

Invest $1 billion to Replace Michigan’s Aging, Dangerous Lead Water Service Lines: Investment in the Lead Service Line Replacement Program would help ensure clean, safe drinking water for Michigan communities, funding replacement of outdated lead service lines. Priority would be given to smaller communities (10,000 people or less), as well as low-income communities and those dealing with high levels of lead contamination, providing NSF-certified filters to impacted households. 

Invest $500 million Over Five Years to Provide Short-Term Water Assistance & Find Long-Term Water Affordability Solutions: Funding to conditionally provide grants for utility companies for costs of past water infrastructure projects, holding utilities accountable for adopting moratoriums and data disclosure on water shut offs while paving the way for long-term water affordability. Involving communities in the process, the funding would help establish equitable rate structures and a long-term plan for regular state and federal funding of drinking water with the ultimate goal of low-cost water for all through abolishing shut off programs. 

Invest $400 million in Michigan’s Drinking Water Infrastructure: Funding for no and low interest loans and grants to local governments to overhaul drinking water and service line infrastructure, prioritizing the improvement of water quality while addressing water pollution and the improving energy efficiency of drinking water treatment facilities. 

Invest $300 million in Michigan’s Waste & Stormwater Infrastructure: Funding for no-interest loans and grants to local governments to upgrade critical infrastructure, specifically addressing combined sanitary and stormwater systems and faulty systems and leaks, as well as increasing energy efficiency and the installation of green infrastructure, while prioritizing low-income and flood-prone communities to reduce flooding, stormwater runoff, and water contamination. 

Invest $200 million to Ensure Clean Water in Rural Communities: Funding to upgrade rural drinking water and wastewater systems, ensuring safe drinking water. These dollars would go towards:

  • Replacing or repairing private wells, connecting residents to a local water supply, and/or increasing depth of wells to avoid contamination.
  • Funding rural health departments to provide water testing for private wells and filtration systems for contaminated wells. 
  • Installing on-site wastewater treatment facilities for livestock operators to reduce nutrient runoff. 
  • Replacing and repairing failed septic tanks through the establishment of a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) loan program.
  • Constructing community wastewater systems for communities of 10,000 people or less that rely on individualized septic systems.

 

Invest $150 million for Contaminated Site Cleanup: Funding to accelerate response, remediation, and redevelopment of Michigan’s 24,000-plus contaminated sites — $100 million specifically for PFAS-contaminated sites and $50 million bolstering Michigan’s existing program — with priority afforded to sites that present urgent threats to public health and drinking water. 

Invest $100 million to Provide Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater Grants: Funding for Michigan’s Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) program to help communities develop and update management plans for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems with additional funding for cross-jurisdiction projects and communities that share watersheds. 

Invest $85 million for Water Filters in Schools and Childcare Centers: Funding for the Filter First program aimed at providing K-12 schools and childcare centers with NSF/ANSI water filters for drinking fountains and faucets to remove lead and harmful contaminants from drinking water, also requiring schools to test filters annually to ensure lead remains below one parts per billion and regularly replacing filters. 

Invest $15 million to Protect Michigan’s Drinking Water Sources: Funding to protect water sources through Water Use Advisory Council recommendations and supporting natural features to improve water quality. This would include: 

  • $10 million to assist in wetland mitigation for areas with mitigation requirements due to permits under the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act
  • $2.1 million to create a the Michigan hydrologic framework 
  • $485,000 development of a groundwater well monitoring network
  • $350,000 to partner with the U.S. Geologic Survey to conduct a streamflow gauges project
  • $250,000 to establish a database for integrated water management