EPA Grants Michigan $1.9 Million to Test Drinking Water for Lead

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for lead testing of drinking water at schools and child care facilities across the state.

EGLE is working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to prioritize funding to areas of the state where blood lead levels are high and schools are unable to pay for testing. Invitations have been sent to schools and child care facilities that meet the criteria of the grant program.

Selected schools and child care facilities will have their drinking water tested and EGLE and DHHS will work with the facilities to remove or remediate locations with elevated lead results.

Michigan residents over the age of 18 can become a Clean Water Ambassador for their community by visiting Michigan.gov/CleanWater. Clean Water Ambassadors are actively engaged in clean drinking water initiatives around the state.