Drinking Water Grant Application Deadline January 1st – Is Your Community Ready?

In early October, Governor Whitmer officially announced that the State of Michigan would be appropriating $500 million towards the investment of a comprehensive water infrastructure program for Michigan’s drinking water systems. Referred to as “The MI Clean Water Plan,” it is a significant investment in Michigan’s infrastructure.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy (EGLE) has recently hosted several webinars detailing the specifics of the program’s first grant. Prein&Newhof staff members have participated in these webinars to better understand how we can help you and your community. This is what we know:


Drinking Water Asset Management (DWAM) Grant in a Nutshell

DWAM Grant is the first available grant program under Michigan’s new Clean Water Plan for water infrastructure improvements around the state. DWAM Grant funding is available to assist water suppliers with Asset Management Plan (AMP) development or updates, and/or Distribution System Materials Inventory (DSMI) as defined in Michigan’s Lead and Copper Rule.

There is currently $37.5 million in funds available with a maximum grant award per applicant of $1 million. The following is how funds will be appropriated:

  • $36.5 million is available under the DWAM Grant for AMP creation or update and/or Distribution System Materials Inventory (DSMI) activities.
  • $1 million will be awarded to water supply advisory councils for public education efforts. No details to date on this program.
  • Eligible Applicants Include Type I CWSs and Type II Non-transient/Noncommunity Supplies.


DWAM Grant Funding Details

  • The maximum grant amount per applicant is $1 million. A local match is not required.
  • $15 million of the $36.5 million will be set aside for systems serving populations of 10,000 or less. Disadvantaged community status does not apply. Communities under 10,000 will be scored independent of larger communities; however, scoring criteria will be the same.
  • Funding is limited to AMP creation/updates, and DSMI activities.
  • Priority will be given to water supplies with a lead or copper action level exceedance (ALE) or systems with a high percentage of unknown service lines as indicated in the preliminary DSMI submitted to EGLE.
  • Applications are due January 1, 2021 and notification of award will be made 75 days thereafter (approximately March 19, 2021). We anticipate this will be a very popular program and encourage you to apply in the first round of funding.


Prein&Newhof is Ready to Help Your Community

We have assembled a team of water and asset management professionals to help you develop a plan of action. We offer the following relevant services for this application:

  • Digital Mapping with GIS
  • GPS Locating Valves, Hydrants, and Curb Boxes
  • Service Line Inventory Tracking
  • Service Line Material Verification
  • Lead Service Line Replacement Planning
  • Hydrant Flow Testing
  • Hydraulic Modeling
  • Water Age Analysis
  • Unidirectional Flushing Plans
  • Risk Assessments
  • Capital Improvement Planning
  • Asset Management Plans and Updates


If you would like to learn more about how your community can take advantage of this program, please call Senior Project Manager Barbara Marczak, PE or GIS Specialist Ed Dempsey, GISP at 616-364-8491.

More information about the application and submission requirements can be found here.

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