$127 million in loans, grants approved for North Carolina water projects

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$127 million in state loans and grants have been approved for 96 drinking water and wastewater projects in North Carolina communities.

The grants and loans, which were approved by the State Water Infrastructure Authority on March 13, come from various funding sources, including the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan program, Drinking Water State Reserve program, Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan program, the Wastewater State Reserve program, Community Development Block Grant-Infrastructure program, the Asset Inventory and Assessment Grant program, and the Merger/Regionalization Feasibility Grant program.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper explained why this funding is important to local residents, saying “Clean water is critical for our health and our economy. These funds will help communities improve their water and sewer systems to ensure clean drinking water, support good jobs, and be better able to withstand future storms.”

The following projects in Pitt County have received funding in this round of loans and grants:

Ayden – $935,100 for Sewer Lift Station No. 8 Rehabilitation

Ayden – $300,000 for Sewer System AIA

Farmville – $1,625,000 for 2018 Sewer Improvements

Grifton – $39,214 for 2018 Water System Improvements

Neuse Regional Water & Sewer Auth. – $1,220,000 for Raw Water Intake Modifications

CLICK HERE to see the full list of approved projects, listed by municipality and county.

Local governments in North Carolina can apply online for the next round of funding to improve their drinking water and wastewater systems, with a deadline of April 30, on the State Water Infrastructure Division’s “I Need Funding” page.

The Division of Water Infrastructure will conduct statewide training sessions for interested applicants March 22 through March 28.

The complete training schedule is available at: https://deq.nc.gov/spring-2019-application-training.

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