Governor Whitmer extended an executive order, which provides protection for residents who have had their water shut off.
Whitmer said from day one, her administration has focused on building a stronger Michigan, by investing in people, their families, their pocketbooks and the infrastructure they rely on.
Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy started a grant program, aimed at helping cities comply with the reconnection program.
To date, almost 2,500 Michiganders have had their water restored through the program.
Whitmer didn’t stop there.
Last week, she signed SB 690 into law, which is the largest investment in water and energy in the state’s history.
Thanks to the new law, the Department of Health and Human Services received $25 million to reimburse water utility providers who forgave customers for past due bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new legislation also allows for a 25% rebate on total water bills for eligible customers, while the funding lasts.
Whitmer is also working with the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice, to review policy recommendations on water availability.