Ludington is receiving a $17 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for upgrades and expansions to aeration, filtration and storage systems at the wastewater treatment facility.

Other equipment will be replaced as well, including pumps, blowers, valves, pipes and the motor control center. 

“It’s an old facility and it needs to be upgraded and updated to better handle the types of loads that we receive,” said Ludington Interim City Manager Steve Brock. “(It needs to) do a better job of putting effluent back into the environment.”

“We relocated the out flow (too) so we will be in very good environmental shape after we are all done with this,” Brock added.

The project will serve 5,087 residential and 1,051 commercial users and was leveraged with an $847,860 state grant.

Brock said most of the work will begin in 2019 and is estimated to take two years to complete. 

The loan is by far the most distributed through the USDA’s Rural Development offices in Michigan so far this year.

“These announcements bring our total investment in Michigan water and sewer infrastructure up to $43 million in this month alone,” said USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan Jason Allen in a press release.  “With billions of dollars still available, it’s essential that rural communities contact us to help improve the quality of their drinking water and improve safeguards for the environment.”