Zorn applauds state loans for wastewater treatment improvements

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Monday applauded the approval of state low-interest loans to Tecumseh and Hudson to help make needed sewer and wastewater treatment improvements.

“Every Michigan family deserves access to clean and safe drinking water,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “To protect our water resources and the health of our residents, it is critical that we continue to help communities invest in important public infrastructure.

“I applaud the Tecumseh and Hudson community leaders for working with the state to secure the necessary funds to make these key infrastructure improvements.”

The city of Hudson recently received Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approval of a $5.2 million loan from the State Revolving Fund (SRF) for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant and collection system to address high influent flows. Part of the funds being made available to Hudson are in the form of loan principal forgiveness totaling $150,000.

The DEQ also recently approved a loan of more than $1.5 million from the SRF to the city of Tecumseh for the rehabilitation of the city’s sanitary sewer and the County Club Pump Station. Funds will also help replace a sludge pump at the wastewater treatment plant.

Michigan’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund, better known as the State Revolving Fund, provides low-interest loans to local municipalities for construction of water pollution control facilities, such as sewage or stormwater treatment projects.

The fund was established in accordance with federal Clean Water Act guidelines, using federal capitalization grants and the required state matching funds.