Rep. Alabas Farhat walks into the Michigan House chamber with a hand extended to shake.

State Rep. Alabas Farhat (D-Dearborn) enters the Michigan House chamber for the 2023 State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 30, 2024 — State Rep. Alabas Farhat (D-Dearborn) applauded Melvindale’s award of a $9.2 million Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) grant from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The grant will go toward updating Melvindale’s water infrastructure.

“Clean water is a basic human right, and this investment is a step towards ensuring all residents have access regardless of their zip code. Currently, Melvindale’s water system is approaching 80 years old and requires upgrades to meet modern needs. This grant is a significant investment to get it done for residents,” Farhat said. “Strengthening infrastructure, from roads to water lines, has been a priority of this Legislature and my service as state representative.”

The DWSRF program assists water suppliers satisfy Safe Drinking Water Act requirements by offering low-interest loans to eligible suppliers. Through appropriations in PA 53 of 2022, EGLE can offer many communities grants to lower the balance of loans taken out for critical water infrastructure projects, including lead water service line replacement, treatment plant upgrades and distribution system improvements.