Grand Rapids selected for lead pipe replacement grant

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich – Grand Rapids was selected to receive a US $ 5.1 million federal water infrastructure improvement scholarship to fund pipeline replacements.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the funding will also support public engagement in Grand Rapids for the risks of lead in drinking water. Both goals are part of the city’s strategic plan.

The grant will help fund 1,700 replacement lines for senior service lines over the coming years, in addition to 603 spare parts currently envisaged in Grand Rapids’ 2021 budget.

Since 2017, the city has replaced more than 1,500 lead service lines on construction projects and by replacing emergency leaks.

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