LANSING -- Flint intends to use $100 million in federal funds to improve its water treatment plant, replace underground pipes and make other system improvements, according to a request submitted Friday by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, according to the Detroit News.
Congress approved the funding amount last year in response to the Flint water contamination crisis. But the federal Environmental Protection Agency must still review the "intended use plan," which includes a $20 million match already appropriated by the state.
The formal funding request, submitted by the state Feb. 17, is similar to the plan Flint Mayor Karen Weaver proposed last month, although wording was changed in some instances to fit federal categories and ensure chances for approval.
The state would administer the federal aid through the Drinking Water Revolving Fund, providing money to the city in the form of loans it would fully forgive.
The $120 million plan includes $58.5 million to improve the Flint water treatment plan, with construction expected to begin in June, and $40 million to replace underground service lines throughout the city.
Another $10 million would be used for distribution system and transmission main improvements, $10 million for water meter replacement and $1.5 million for technical assistance provided to the city by the state.
The city will have to submit a separate plan for water treatment plant improvements before it could access funding for that purpose, according to the state submission.
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