U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner has announced that Michigan leads the nation in water quality investments through the Water and Environmental Program.

“USDA Rural Development employees are leading by example, working hard to improve drinking water and protect the environment,” Turner said. “Michigan’s most precious resource is its water. These improvements help ensure that clean water and the irreplaceable beauty of the Great Lakes will be there for future generations to enjoy.”

Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2015 on Oct. 1, 2014, USDA Rural Development has obligated $51 million to support 19 projects in 16 communities across the state. Four of the communities are Shiawassee, St. Clair, Ionia and Eaton counties.

The City of Durand in Shiawassee County received $2,290,000 in loans for water main and water system upgrades. Total overall cost is $9,690,000 and the project serves 3,933 residents.

The Village of Pewamo in Ionia County received loans to upgrade the water system. Total cost is $1,700,000 and the project will serve 469 residents.

The City of Potterville in Eaton County received $7,140,000 in loans for Phase II water and sewer system improvements, which will be combined with a Community Facilities loan of $3,872,000 for street improvement. Total project cost is $11,012,000 and the projects will serve 1,738 residents.

St. Clair County received a $2,535,000 loan for the Forrest Manor storm sewer. Total cost is $2,535,000 and the project will serve 450 residents.

Shiawassee, St. Clair, Ionia and Eaton Counties Receive $13 Million was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by Karen Elford