$466,171.00 DWAM Gant Awarded

The City of Negaunee is excited to announce it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $466,177.00 from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) for distribution system materials inventory and asset management planning.

The Negaunee City Council approved a motion to enter into a grant agreement on Thursday, August 19th.

Funds will be used to systematically review the city’s water mains and residential and commercial lateral connections.

“This will allow the city to collect data in an electronic data base. This data can then be placed on GIS mapping program showing where every main and lateral is, what material they are made of, and what condition they are in”, DPW Director Mark Daavettila said.

According to City Manager Nate Heffron, in the distant past, it has not been the practice of municipalities to take into consideration some of these aspects of a water distribution systems, such as laterals their materials. future connections to the Negaunee water systems will be closely scrutinized and no unauthorized materials will be allowed when connecting.

“With lead and copper levels becoming an ever-growing concern throughout the state and elsewhere, we now have the funding readily available to assess our system for areas of concern, Heffron said.

According to EGLE, the Drinking Water Asset Management (DWAM) grant is available to assist water supplies in asset management plan development or updates, and/or distribution system materials inventory as defined in Michigan’s Lead and Copper Rule.

Assessment of Negaunee’s water supply will begin in spring of 2022.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manager, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11.