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Crystal falls getting help to replace water infrastructure

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   An Iron County community is benefitting from a U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to improve rural water infrastructure across the country. 

The City of Crystal Falls is getting a $7 million loan and $1.4 million grant to improve three lift stations, replace force main piping, and replace the original 1967 gravity sewer pipe. Officials will also restore lagoon cells to the original design.

The sewer system serves 750 residential and 90 commercial customers.

The USDA is providing the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The money can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.