East Lansing and Meridian win major state grant to improve drinking water system

A $2 million water grant, the largest in a recent round of statewide funding, will help East Lansing and Meridian Township upgrade a water main and change filtration .

The grant to the East Lansing – Meridian Water and Sewer Authority will go towards a $9.1 million project that includes an upgrade to the water main on Okemos Road between Haslett and Lake Lansing roads and the transformation from the lagoon system of the water system into a closed filtration system.

Construction of the water main is expected to begin in October.

The filtration backwash now goes into an open lagoon. The project will make it a closed filtration system and eliminate the risk of surface water contamination, said Clyde Dugan, director of the authority.

While potential contamination is now brought under control with treatments, the closed filtration system will mean less regulatory work for the system and is better for the environment, he said.

Customers won’t really notice the changes, Dugan said, adding there shouldn’t be any taste differences.

The filtration change should be completed by June 2023 and the aqueduct could be done by the end of the year, he said.

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