North Carolina to invest $238 million in drinking water, wastewater, stormwater projects

(UI) — North Carolina is set to allocate $238 million towards water infrastructure projects statewide, as announced by Governor Roy Cooper. This funding will support 114 projects in 52 counties, including 28 construction initiatives, aimed at improving drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems.

Governor Cooper emphasized the significance of these grants in ensuring access to clean drinking water and enhancing infrastructure resilience for future challenges. Notable projects include:

  • Up to $1.56 million for the Town of Warrenton (Warren County) to replace aging water lines.
  • Fayetteville Public Works Commission's receipt of up to $30.5 million for designing and constructing treatment facilities to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from drinking water.
  • The Town of Weldon's allocation of up to $25 million, including $6 million in principal forgiveness, to replace its Water Treatment Plant, prioritizing PFAS removal and enhancing service reliability.

Other initiatives span from addressing contamination in groundwater wells to stormwater management and lead service line replacement programs.

The funding allocation process was competitive, with the State Water Infrastructure Authority approving awards after reviewing 275 eligible applications from 75 counties. The funds are sourced from various programs including the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds, Community Development Block Grant-Infrastructure, and Local Assistance for Stormwater Infrastructure Investments.

This investment underscores North Carolina's commitment to ensuring safe and sustainable water resources for its communities.

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