State announces funding awards for drinking water and wastewater projects

Raleigh

RALEIGH – The State Water Infrastructure Authority has announced about $164 million in funding loans and grants to help pay for drinking water and wastewater projects in communities statewide.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, the Community Development Block Grant for Infrastructure Program and the State Drinking Water and Wastewater Reserve Program will help payfor 83 projects. The announcement of the latest round of awards from the four funding mechanisms was made by the State Water Infrastructure Authority at its December meeting.

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

Thirteen projects totaling about $70 million received funding from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which is made up of a federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and a 20 percent match from the state. One of the recipients, Gastonia, received a loan to construct the first membrane-based surface water treatment plant in North Carolina. By removing natural organic materials during the disinfection process, the membrane reduces the formation of byproducts that could harm human health.

Clean Water State Revolving Fund

Twenty-one projects totaling about $62.2 million received funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which is made up of a federal grant from the EPA and a 20 percent match from the state. The revolving fund is a loan program used to improve water quality by financing wastewater, stormwater and other clean water infrastructure improvements.One of the recipients of the funding, Brevard, received aloan of about $9 million for rehabilitation of its wastewater treatment plant. This is the fifth loan awarded to the city as it continues to improve its wastewater collection and treatment system and is the largest loan awarded for this project cycle.

Community Development Block Grant for Infrastructure Program

Fourteen projects totaling about $26.2 million received funding from the Community Development Block Grant for Infrastructure Program. The program is paid for with money from the federal Housing and Urban Development program. The block grant program aims to improve the quality of life, public and environmental health and economic vitality for low-to-moderate income communities by improving water and wastewater infrastructure. One of the projects, Robbinsville, received a grant for infrastructure to replace the piping within its collection system, some of which is more than 100 years old. Implementing this project will prevent overflows into nearby Tallulah Creek and protect public health.

State Drinking Water and Wastewater Reserve Program

Twenty projects totaling about $5.5 million received funding from theStateDrinking Water and Wastewater Reserve Program. Funds for this program are made up of state appropriations and are awarded once a year. The project in Eden, for example, received a grant to improve its wastewater collection system. Eden is in one of the 40 most economically distressed counties in North Carolina. Eden is also under an EPA order to address issues associated with its collection system.

For more information and to see all the funded projects, go to http://goo.gl/7sf5ga .The authority includes appointed state and local officials with interest or experience in water and wastewater issues.

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