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News, Meetings, Events and Training Sessions

Next State Water Infrastructure Authority (SWIA) Meeting 

  • Jan. 26, 2023 (Viable Utility Committee meeting, virtual only, via WebEx) To listen to the meeting via WebEx:

Meeting Agenda


Event Password: NCDWI

By Phone: 415.655.0003

Access Code: 2435 464 6623

  • Feb. 21, 2023 (Full SWIA meeting, in person and virtual, via WebEx)


NEWS: DEQ announces new lead service line replacement funding during summit water infrastructure needs and funding


NEWS: The Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative and the N. C. Department of Environmental Quality Summit:  North Carolina Water and Equity: Addressing Water Infrastructure Needs and Funding in Disadvantaged Areas

Thursday, January 12, 2023; 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., NC Biotech Center, Durham

The North Carolina General Assembly appropriated close to $2 billion from the state’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater investments. In addition, the federal Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act will provide over $1 billion in funding for North Carolina to supplement existing State Revolving Fund programs. There are focused efforts to ensure that funding is made available to address the needs of disadvantaged, underserved communities. Stakeholders include community members, local, state and federal government, and technical service providers.

This one-day summit involved appropriate stakeholders, thought leaders and experts across North Carolina (state/federal/local government, academia/research, community groups, business) to:

  • Learn about priorities and concerns of communities and local governments on projects regarding providing service in disadvantaged areas (as pertains to funding and infrastructure).
  • Develop resource documents and peer-to-peer networks to educate communities and local governments on next steps or considerations if interested in pursuing a project to provide service in disadvantaged areas.
  • Provide guidance to NCDEQ in identifying where such projects are needed to communicate funding opportunities to communities and to local governments.


NEWS: State Announces Record $789.4M for Drinking Water and Wastewater Project Funding Statewide 


NEWS: Division of Water Infrastructure Receives Record Number of Applications for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Funding

  • Funding Round Included the First Availability of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Funds
  • The Spring 2022 application period closed with a record number of applications and more than $3.1 billion in requests for water and wastewater infrastructure funding.  The 649 submitted applications represent water and wastewater infrastructure needs across the state, with utilities in 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties requesting funding.
  • The funding offered in this round is a portion of the $1.69 billion appropriated by the North Carolina General Assembly from the state’s allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
  •  Additional details are available in the Division’s ARPA Administration Plan


NEWS: State Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Plan to Administer American Rescue Plan Act's Funding for Stormwater Projects…

Public Comment Period: May 4 - June 3, 2022. Public Comment Period closed at 5:00 p.m. on June 3, 2022.

  • PowerPoint from May 18, 2022 ARPA Stormwater Webinar:

  • The NC DEQ Division of Water Infrastructure will administer approximately $82 million for stormwater projects through its competitive funding process from the newly-created Local Assistance for Stormwater Infrastructure Investments fund. Funds are available for cities and counties and their regional councils of government and nonprofit entity partners for projects that will improve or create infrastructure for controlling stormwater quantity and quality.


NEWS: PowerPoint from ARPA Stormwater Funding Listening Session 


NEWS: Division of Water Infrastructure ARPA Administration Plan

  • Recording (at YouTube link, below) of Webinar on ARPA Administration Plan and Spring 2022 Applications for Funding: 

National articles/news about the Division of Water Infrastructure:

News about "North Carolina's Statewide Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan: The Road to Viability"





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