Public Sector Consultants (PSC) prepared a report for the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA) which finds the state and communities have not kept up with the investments needed for clean drinking water and sewage treatment for current and future residents and businesses.
Investments is well below—hundreds of millions of dollars—below what it should be each year. These communities must also maintain and update infrastructure that features water and sewage systems built as far back as the 1800s.
Some of the findings from the report include Michigan underinvesting in its drinking water infrastructure by $284 to $583 million each year; stormwater and wastewater estimates by the U.S. EPA suggest that Michigan's investment need totals $2.14 billion. Recent crises in Michigan such as lead contamination when the city of Flint switched to suing the Flint River as it's drinking source helped to expose some of the deficiencies in water infrastructure.
MITA Vice-President of Government Affairs Lance Binoniemi commented on the situation going on for too long and requiring action, "The underfunding of our underground infrastructure has been going on for much longer than the recent Flint crisis. Sewer and water systems are critical resources that aren’t being acknowledged or dealt with until we’re in the midst of a crisis. An essential role of government is to ensure communities have reliable drinking water and wastewater treatment. We need to make an important investment in the health and well-being of Michigan residents by addressing our infrastructure needs.”
To see the report in its entirety, click here