State Wastewater and Drinking Water Reserve Programs

Overview

The State Wastewater Reserve and Drinking Water Reserve Programs provide grants and loans for planning, design and construction of critical water infrastructure.  Grant dollars are awarded according to affordability criteria developed based on the definition found in NCGS 159G-20.(1). The purpose of the affordability criteria is to stretch limited grant dollars further by targeting applicants who demonstrate the most need and can least afford the project.  The criteria is used for (1) determining eligibility for grant funding and (2) determining the percentage of the project that would be funded by grants. Affordability criteria guidance can be found on the Application Forms & Resources page of the Division's website. 

Types of Funding Available

  • Grants
  • Loans 

Eligible Applicants

  • Local Government Units 
  • Only available to the extent that other funding sources are not reasonably available to the applicant.

Eligible Projects

  • Wastewater collection systems and treatment works
  • Public water system projects

Key Program Requirements

  • The amount of grants for each system awarded for three consecutive fiscal years may not exceed $3 million.
  • The amount of targeted interest loans for each system awarded for three consecutive fiscal years may not exceed $3 million.

Questions

Application Training

Additional Information

Regulatory Information