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City of Mt. Pleasant receives SAW Grant from State of Michigan

March 17, 2014 - The condition of City of Mt. Pleasant's wastewater and storm water systems will be properly evaluated in coming years thanks to a nearly $2 million grant from the State of Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced that Mt. Pleasant has been granted nearly $2 million to develop an asset management program for the City's sewer system and develop a storm water management plan.

The grant is part of the DEQ's Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) program. The SAW grants have a $2 million cap per community. The grant funds will allow for full evaluations of the condition of the City’s wastewater and storm water systems, including assets such as sewer lines, manholes, and lift stations that are underground and out of site.

“This grant is critical in allowing the City to complete a comprehensive system evaluation and condition assessment,” said Division of Public Works Director John Zang. “These two things will provide valuable information for capital improvements, repair, maintenance and operational cost projections.”

The DEQ received 673 applications totaling $541 million in December 2013 and Mt. Pleasant was one of 92 municipalities who received a share of the $97 million available for 2014.  Municipalities throughout the state filled out applications outlining why they needed the money and what they would do with it the money if awarded a grant.

Because there were more applicants than there was available money, a lottery was held to select the grant recipients. Mt. Pleasant received a 100 percent grant with no local match required. Grant recipients are required to proceed with a project for which grant funding is provided within three years of being awarded the grant or face repayment of the grant plus interest.

About the SAW Grants
The intent of the SAW grant Program is to accelerate the statewide use of asset management planning practices as well as improve water quality.

For more information on the SAW program, visit