Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to improve tap water quality

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The state’s top leader is proposing a way to boost tap water quality in Michigan and her plan comes with a $180,000,000 price tag. This is included in her supplemental request for the current budget.

Gov. Whitmer wants to replace lead pipes and school drinking fountains. The goal is to eliminate chemicals tainting public and private water supplies.

$37,500,000 is being requested to help water utilities comply with tougher lead and copper rules that were adopted by former Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration after the Flint crisis.

The governor also wants an additional $30,000,000 to respond to  drinking water contamination from perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS, and other emerging contaminants.

About a third of the funding, $60,000,000 would be used to install hydration stations in all public school buildings across the state.

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