The Environmental Protection Agency has released a $100 million grant to Michigan to fix Flint’s water system. In a statement, the EPA said that the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016 has appropriated funding for the grant, which would assist Flint to replace the lead water pipes that are now considered irreparable.
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt indicated that the grant is part of the overall goal of the Trump administration to improve all of the country’s water system infrastructure.
Pruitt said: “EPA will especially focus on helping Michigan improve Flint’s water infrastructure as part of our larger goal of improving America’s water infrastructure,”
EPA’s action to rehabilitate Flint’s water system was welcomed by both Republicans and Democrats.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in a statement said: “I appreciate the EPA approving this funding to assist with Flint’s recovery,” He further adds. “Combined with the nearly $250 million in state funding already allocated, this will help keep Flint on a solid path forward. It’s great to see federal, state and local partners continuing to work together to help with infrastructure upgrades and pipe replacements for the people of Flint.”
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver was ecstatic with the announcement saying that: “We are excited and very grateful to receive these much needed funds.” Mayor Weaver said that the benefit of the grant would go a long way for the residents of Flint saying: “The City of Flint being awarded a grant of this magnitude in such a critical time of need will be a huge benefit.”