The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division awarded a $1 million grant to the City of Kalamazoo to fund the replacement of lead water services in Kalamazoo’s Public Water Supply System. Kalamazoo is one of 18 communities that received grant funding as part of a pilot program to improve water supply system infrastructure and protect water quality and public health.
In 2018, the City of Kalamazoo will replace more than 500 lead water services. 200 of these will be completed by City of Kalamazoo staff in coordination with other street projects. At least 302 additional properties will have lead services replaced by an outside contractor. The $1 million grant will fund a portion of the contract for these replacements, which are primarily located in the Edison Neighborhood.
Additional funding for lead water service replacements in 2018 was also provided from the City’s Capital Improvement Budget and by the Foundation for Excellence.The City of Kalamazoo has had a lead water service replacement program in place since 1992. The rate of lead service replacements was increased by approximately 500% starting in 2016, in part due to additional grant funding and support from the Foundation for Excellence. In 2017, 497 lead services were replaced.