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Whitmer rolls out expanded water plans

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants to use more federal funds to accelerate the replacement of lead lines and other water infrastructure.

Whitmer proposed a 300 million dollar expansion of her earlier clean water proposals. The money would mostly come from American Rescue Plan funds allocated to Michigan. The Democratic governor has been trying to ramp up pressure on legislative Republicans to approve spending that money before the end of the year.

The governor’s new proposal includes more money to replace lead service lines around the state. That includes money to hire engineering and project management firms, which is a critical but often-overlooked part of the process. There would be a priority for underserved communities. Also, money to help low-income households with money for minor plumbing repairs.