VanderWall celebrates $2 million grant to improve water quality in West Branch

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Curt VanderWall on Tuesday announced a $2 million Michigan Strategic Fund grant has been awarded to the city of West Branch to support water quality infrastructure upgrades.

“Water quality is a serious part of public health for any community,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “These funds will be used to support needed infrastructure improvements in West Branch that will benefit all residents who rely on the city’s system.”

The $2 million Community Development Block Grant, awarded by the MSF in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will be paired with $1.5 million in local matching funds to replace an undersized cast iron water main, install a new community water well and construct a new arsenic removal water treatment facility.

West Branch was among 11 communities across Michigan that received a portion of the $14.9 million in grants awarded by the fund to support water-related infrastructure improvements. Awards were given with consideration based on percentages of low- to moderate-income residents and improvements or repairs related to health, sanitation and security, aging infrastructure, and capacity concerns. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2023.