MDEQ Awards Rochester Hills $2 Million Grant

The condition of City Rochester Hills’ wastewater and storm water systems will be evaluated in coming years thanks to a $2 million grant from the State of Michigan it.

In a press release from the City, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced that Rochester Hills has been granted $2 million to develop an asset management program for the City”s sanitary sewer systems and develop a storm water management plan.

The grant is part of the MDEQ”s Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) program. The SAW grants have a $2 million cap per community. The grant funds will allow for full evaluations of the condition of the City’s wastewater and storm water systems.

“Our underground infrastructure is critical to the essential services we deliver and this award will provide us with a thorough assessment of our infrastructure, allowing us the ability to better plan routine maintenance & capital projects,” states Allan Schneck, Director of the Department of Public Services.

The MDEQ received 673 applications totaling $541 million and Rochester Hills was one of 116 municipalities who received a share of the grant funding available for Round 2. Rochester Hills will receive $2 million in matching funds for a $444,444 local cost.

About the SAW Grants
The intent of the SAW grant Program is to accelerate the statewide use of asset management planning practices as well as improve water quality.

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted as one of the top 10 places to live by CNN Money magazine in 2014 and by RelocateAmerica.com, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education and technology, the community continues to attract forward-thinking families and businesses.

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