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State seeks comment on water infrastructure spending plan

The state is accepting comments on a proposed plan to fund drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. Photo:…

The state is accepting comments on a proposed plan to fund drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. Photo: File

The state is proposing a plan to administer about $1.6 billion in grants for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects and wants feedback.

The North Carolina General Assembly appropriated the funds from the state’s allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act, including $839.6 million directed to specific local governments and public entities.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Infrastructure will administer the remaining $758 million as grant funding, as detailed in the proposed plan. The funds are subject to federal statutory and budgetary requirements and all funds must be expended by Dec. 30, 2026.

The Proposed Plan to Administer the American Rescue Plan Act’s State Fiscal Recovery Fund Appropriated in the State Budget is available online.

The Division of Water Infrastructure said it will accept comments until 5 p.m. Jan. 12 by email to dwi.publiccomments@ncdenr.gov with subject line “Comments on Division of Water Infrastructure Proposed Plan for State Fiscal Recovery Funds,” by voicemail to 919-707-9187 or by mail to: Cathy Akroyd, Division of Water Infrastructure, 1633 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1633.

Based on the proposed plan, the deadline for applications for the first round of this drinking water and wastewater project funding will be May 2, 2022. The deadline for applications for stormwater projects is currently projected to be Sept. 30, 2022. Future application funding rounds will be used to award remaining funds.

Information about the water, wastewater and stormwater funding administered by the Division of Water Infrastructure is available at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-infrastructure.

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