LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Doug Wozniak on Thursday voted for a $4.7 billion budget supplemental plan that helped secure $72 million for Macomb County water and sewer projects.
Senate Bill 565 would use $4.1 billion in federal funding and $571 million in state resources to make important infrastructure investments across the state, including over $1.7 billion to help communities improve their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
“This was an historic opportunity to make a major investment in Macomb County’s water and sewer infrastructure and I am pleased that lawmakers and the governor were able to come together in such strong bipartisan fashion to get the job done,” said Wozniak, R-Shelby Township. “The money set aside for Macomb County will directly help fund projects that will improve residents’ water quality and prevent sewer and drainage problems, for years to come.”
Under the bill, Macomb County will receive $72 million for underground infrastructure improvements, including:
- Using existing infrastructure to allow for storage of combined sanitary sewage and storm water flow inside the 11-foot-diameter pipe that serves the city of Eastpointe and most of St. Clair Shores — that could reduce combined sewage discharges at the Chapaton Pump Station in St. Clair Shores to Lake St. Clair by 30%.
- An in-system wastewater storage project inside the existing underground infrastructure near the Martin Retention Basin.
- Construction of a new pump station at Nine Mile Road at Jefferson Avenue — the first new pump since 1968 — to increase sewer capacity and protect basements from flooding.
- Ongoing rehabilitation of the Macomb Interceptor sewer along 15 Mile Road.
The legislation now heads to the governor for her consideration.