Gilchrist highlights investments to build Oakland County’s new water system


September 12, 2022

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Photos: Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist highlights $32 million investment to build Oakland County’s new water system, saving residents money

Clinton River Water Resources Reclamation Plant becomes second facility in nation to use innovative technology to remove pollutants and protect drinking water

PONTIAC, Mich. – Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist visited the Clinton River Water Resources Restoration facility in Pontiac today to highlight the state of Michigan’s investments in water infrastructure in Oakland County and throughout Michigan. A $32 million investment under the State of Michigan’s Clean Water Revolving Fund helped Oakland County improve the facility and protect drinking water.

“This facility, and the investment that helped Oakland County implement innovative technology, is an example of the progress we can make when we come together and focus on getting things done,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “Governor Gretchen Whitmer and I have made transformative investments in Michigan’s water infrastructure through our Building Michigan Together and MI Clean Water plans, and we are committed to working with anyone to grow our economy, create jobs and invested in water infrastructure in communities across Michigan. .”

The Clinton River Water Resources Recovery Facility treats approximately 30 million gallons of stormwater and sanitary wastewater each day, serving communities in Oakland County. The State Clean Water Revolving Fund loan helped Oakland County improve the facility’s biosolids management and replace aging equipment, and made the facility the second facility in the country to use a new process called Thermal Hydrolysis Pretreatment (THP ). THP recycles methane gas generated from wastewater to power the treatment process.

“Equipping our communities with effective, innovative climate-resilient water infrastructure solutions will be imperative in the coming decades,” said Liesl Clark, EGLE Director. “This project is an example to the rest of the state and nation of what is possible when collaboration, leadership and vision are applied to the task.”

“Clinton Biosolids’ River Water Reclamation Project benefits Oakland County residents by contributing to a better environment for all,” said Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash. “The project was funded through the state of Michigan’s revolving fund loan program and we are grateful for the support. It was an honor to host Lt. Governor at our facility today.”

Investment in water infrastructure

Since taking office, Governor Whitmer has invested more resources in water infrastructure than ever before eight combined years. These investments support good paying jobs and ensure that every parent can give their child a glass of drinking water and know it is safe.

Building The Michigan Together plan includes nearly $2 billion to address critical water infrastructure needscreating 27,000 jobs. More than $1 billion for drinking water improvements, incl $325 million to replace main service lines, $55 million to reduce toxic pollutants such as PFAS, and funds to rebuild wastewater and sewer infrastructure, protect groundwater resources, provide clean water for schools ​and child care centers, highway flood prevention and more.

The Building Michigan Together plan builds on more than $2 billion in water infrastructure investments since then the governor took office, which have supported another 30,000 jobs – 57,000 jobs in total.

The FY2023 bipartisan budget the governor signed provides even more water infrastructure improvements by helping communities use state and federal funds to more quickly remove main service lines, modernize water infrastructure, and test and protect clean water.

The governor also signed bipartisan legislation to update the Michigan State Revolving Fund charter, making it easier for communities to finance and initiate water infrastructure projects and allowing dollars to flow more efficiently to address modern infrastructure needs of communities throughout Michigan.

Governor Gilchrist speaks at the podium during the event


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