Benton Harbor receives federal funding as they near end of water crisis

NOW: Benton Harbor receives federal funding as they near end of water crisis

BENTON HARBOR, Mich.-- The city of Benton Harbor has spent the past 18 months fixing pipes contaminated with lead, those pipes are now now 99.4 percent fixed, a problem that was solved by Mayor Marcus Muhammed and his team, both under budget and ahead of schedule. Muhammed and the city now being used as a model nationwide for cities experiencing similar problems.

Friday morning he stood alongside US Senator Gary Peters who has now secured 800,000 thousand dollars of national funding to continue the efforts to improve water quality.

Peters announced,  

“The city of Benton Harbor should be very proud…the people of this great city… but we still have work to do… we passed the most recent we worked for some directed spending that I worked on..I’m happy to announce Benton harbor will be getting another 800,000 dollars for improvements”. 

Benton Harbor already received 30 million dollars to replace all the contaminated underground lead pipes city wide. This additional funding will go to keep the city's water filtration maintained and updated, replacing fire hydrants, and other enhancements on the city's aging system. 

Mayor Muhammed said their work is not over yet, and this grant will take them to the next phase, to keep the drinking water safe and pure for years to come. 

"So we're happy... we're excited... that great news is coming out of Benton Harbor" said the Mayor. 

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