Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

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Milwaukee mayor takes aim at lead water lines


Daily Reporter

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wants to replace even more lead water-service lines next year than in 2017. In introducing his 2018 budget proposal last week, Barrett said there is still a long way to go toward meeting the city’s goal of eliminating the health hazards that residents face when they are exposed to lead. Barrett noted that Milwaukee Water Works has “aggressively implemented a new program” to fully replace service lines that provide drinking water to day cares, residences and businesses.


Senate passes Great Lakes amendment

Toledo Blade

The U.S. Senate has passed a Great Lakes amendment to a reauthorized act the federal government uses to help fight harmful algal blooms such as the one that has been occurring almost every summer since 1995 in western Lake Erie. According to the office of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, the Republican senator from Ohio negotiated a Great Lakes-specific amendment that prioritizes monitoring and improvements for freshwater bodies.


Mich. communities awarded water system funds

Associated Press

Fourteen Michigan communities are getting money to improve their water and sewer systems. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is distributing $23.2 million in grants under an initiative established last year, the Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement grant program. It's intended to boost economic growth and help communities upgrade public infrastructure.