What better way to end the week than with some sweet tea?! Let’s cut straight to the chase: Flint, Michigan has received a $100 Million grant to “fund drinking water infrastructure upgrades in Flint.”
According to CNN, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s generous award had been approved last year by both congress and President Obama.
“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.”
6,000 water pipes will receive a makeover thanks to the EPA’s grant.
“The city of Flint being awarded a grant of this magnitude in such a critical time of need will be a huge benefit,”Flint’s mayor said. “As we prepare to start the next phase of the … pipe replacement program, these funds will give us what we need to reach our goal of replacing 6,000 pipes this year and make other needed infrastructure improvements. We look forward to the continued support of the EPA and federal government.”
EPA’s Administrator, Scott Pruitt had this to say:
“The people of Flint and all Americans deserve a more responsive federal government. EPA will especially focus on helping Michigan improve Flint’s water infrastructure as part of our larger goal of improving America’s water infrastructure.”
Source: CNN, https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/03/17/politics/epa-100-million-flint/index.html
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