Investment plan

Senator Johnson supports well water resources as part of $ 3.3 billion water investment plan


LANSING, Michigan – Senator Ruth Johnson On Thursday, legislation passed to invest $ 3.34 billion in dam infrastructure, sewage systems, groundwater protection and the provision of potable water to Michigan residents.

“A quarter of Michigan families depend on private wells for their drinking water, so it’s critically important that this plan includes $ 50 million to help test private wells to make sure families know if their water is. their well is safe and offers options if it is contaminated. Johnson said, R-Holly. “In addition to helping ensure the quality of water from private wells, this plan would make improvements to our aging infrastructure to ensure that all of our families have access to safe drinking water. “

Senate Bill 565 would use $ 2.37 billion in federal funding, $ 680 million in state resources, and $ 290 million in reallocated state bond funds to improve dam infrastructure, sewerage systems, and water protection. Michigan’s groundwater and drinking water supply.

The bill provides $ 1 billion to replace lead pipes statewide, $ 700 million to upgrade local drinking water and sanitation facilities, $ 680 million for dam infrastructure, $ 100 million in grants to remove PFAS chemicals from “orphan” sites and $ 85 million to ensure students have access to safe drinking water at school.

Under the plan, $ 50 million would be spent on private well water users, including grants to help them connect to a community water supply system or increase the depth of their well if their water was contaminated or if their well broke after a disaster or to install a complete system. home or point-of-use filtration system following contamination.

Johnson, who herself relies on a private well for drinking water, created a water resources page on her state’s website to help voters learn more about water safety. It is available on https://www.senatorruthjohnson.com/water-resources and allows families with well water to find information about available resources at the state, county, and federal level, including details on how to test and, if necessary, dispose of safely various contaminants in their water.

SB 565 is now heading to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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