Michigan communities grapple with upgrading water infrastructure

Nov 4, 2014

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant
Credit http://www.michigan.gov/deq

Michigan has its share of infrastructure issues. You probably notice it most when you’re dodging potholes in your car. But while road funding has been a hot topic lately, the state has plenty of other pressing infrastructure needs. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that Michigan will need to invest around $15-billion in its drinking and waste water systems over the next 20 years.

That’s left public utilities and local communities looking for ways to fund necessary, but expensive upgrades.

Current State speaks with Dan Wyant, Director of the Michigan Department for Environmental Quality, and Janice Beecher, Director of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University.

This segment is supported by Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. More news about the Great Lakes environment can be found at GreatLakesEcho.org and on Current State every Tuesday as part of our partnership.