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State funds coming here for water-sewer work


The Daily Reflector

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Communities in Pitt and surrounding counties received a share in $127 million in statewide loans and grants to help pay for critical drinking water and wastewater projects, Gov. Roy Cooper announced.

The grants and loans come from 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, the Community Development Block Grant-Infrastructure program, the Asset Inventory and Assessment Grant program and the Merger/Regionalization Feasibility Grant program.

The funds were approved March 13 by the State Water Infrastructure Authority and announced Tuesday.

“Clean water is critical for our health and our economy,” Cooper said. “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.”

In Pitt County, Farmville received $1.625 million for sewer system improvements from a community development block grant. Aulander, in Bertie County, received $2 million for wastewater system improvements and Parmele, in Martin County, received $1.698 million for sewer improvements.

The drinking water state revolving fund provided the Pitt County town of Grifton $29,214 in principal forgiveness and a $39,214 loan for water system improvements and a $1.222 million loan to the Neuse Regional Water & Sewer Authority for raw water intake modifications, also in Pitt County.

The Martin County town of Jamesville received $679,550 in principal forgiveness and a $226,571 loan from the fund for a water treatment plant replacement.

Robersonville, also in Martin County, received a $686,500 grant for wastewater system improvements from wastewater state reserve project funding, while Ayden, in Pitt County, received a $935,000 grant for rehabilitation of sewer lift station No. 8 from the fund.

Ayden also received $300,000 in from the state asset inventory and assessment grant program for its wastewater and sewer systems; Hookerton, in Greene county, received the same; Vanceboro, in Craven County, received $150,000 for its wastewater system; Snow Hill, in Greene County, received $150,000 for its wastewater system; Bertie County Water District II received $65,800; Bertie County Water District III received $150,000; and Aurora, in Beaufort County, received $150,000 for its wastewater system assessment.

The Martin County water authority and the town of Williamston received $50,000 from the state merger/regionalization feasibility grant program, and Everetts, also in Martin County, received $50,000 for a wastewater merger study with Robersonville.

The state clean water state revolving fund also issued a loan of $1,914,900 to Windsor, in Bertie County, for wastewater system improvements.

“With the stresses of aging infrastructure and recent proof that storms can devastate water infrastructure, we must provide utilities with funding to strengthen water and sewer systems,” said Secretary Michael Regan of the Department of Environmental Quality.

In addition to the grants and loans, local governments can apply for future funds to improve water and wastewater systems. The application period for the authority’s next round of funding ends on April 30.

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