The Village of Baraga received a $170,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to verify if any water lines contain copper or lead. Manager LeAnn LeClair says that nearly half of all pipes in the system are made from unknown materials.
The grant also funds a portion of the equipment needed to complete the survey.
This is the second time Baraga has applied for the Drinking Water Asset Management grant, but the first instance in which it has been awarded the financial assistance.
LeClair says there are several other projects in the works, including the second phase to install a nonmotorized trail. The work in the spring connects the marina with Baraga State Park. It is paved to help ensure longevity.