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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is awarding more than $525,000 in grants to help local governments protect their sources of drinking water.

The state says the 46 communities getting Source Water Protection Grant Program funds were announced Tuesday.

The program aims to help safeguard public water supply systems by providing communities with matching grant assistance. Communities define the area contributing drinking water, identify potential contaminants and implement management strategies.

This year, grants also were available to communities that use surface water for a drinking water source. The city of Detroit has been awarded a grant of $50,000 to develop and implement a source water protection program for three of its intakes.

A list of grant recipients is posted on the DEQ's website.

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