BAY CITY — The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) announced last week that it will be issuing loans from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund to provide critical water main and lead water service replacements in Bay City. A portion of the total $5 million funds were made available through federal capitalization grants in the form of loan principal forgiveness of over $1 million. State Rep. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) welcomed the news and noted that this will ensure these important projects provide a safe and reliable water supply to its citizens and the public health is protected.

“Here in Bay City, we are fortunate to have the Great Lakes in our own backyard,” said Elder. “But the stewardship of our water must also extend to what’s coming out of the faucets in our homes and businesses. These funds will go a long way towards providing safe and reliable drinking water to every member of our community.”

Michigan’s Drinking Water Revolving Fund program, established in 1997, was designed to assist water suppliers with satisfying the requirements of the Safe Drinking Act by offering low-interest loans to eligible water suppliers.