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State Awards Local Water System Grants PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 03 March 2022 13:24
Governor Roy Cooper announced today $164 million in loans and grants to help pay for 76 drinking water and wastewater projects statewide. 
 
"This funding opportunity will allow North Carolina to make meaningful investments in our communities," said Governor Cooper. "These projects will help promote equitable access to clean water, strengthen our economy and advance climate resilience across the state.”
 
Notable projects approved in the latest funding round include:
 
Pilot Mountain, in Surry County, will receive $2,845,000 in Wastewater Reserve in both loans and grants to replace aged wastewater collection system infrastructure.   

 

 Wilkesboro, in Wilkes County, will receive $3,000,000 in Wastewater Reserve grants and an additional $30,000,000 in a combination of State Revolving Fund loan and principal forgiveness, to expand their wastewater treatment facility. 

 

Stovall, in Granville County, will receive a $1,757,360 Drinking Water Reserve grant for replacement of aged water lines and hydrants, and water tank, water main and associated improvements to increase water quality. The new waterlines will replace leaking lines, reducing the amount of water the system needs to buy from its supplier and directly reducing costs of service. 

 

 Davie County will receive $9,125,427 for a water supply improvement project through a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan. This project creates a stronger regional water system by expanding Davie County’s Cooleemee Water Treatment Plant and adding an interconnection to the City of Mocksville, allowing Mocksville to decommission its Lagle Water Treatment Plant.

 

Elizabeth City in Pasquotank County will receive a $676,715 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan and $676,715 in a Principal Forgiveness loan to address issues to complete the current water treatment plant rehabilitation project.

 

Projects in 19 counties will receive funding to conduct asset inventories and assessments of drinking water and wastewater systems to plan for long-term rehabilitation and replacement of aging and critical infrastructure.
 
A list of all projects funded statewide by town or county is available online
 
. These projects are funded through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, Drinking Water and Wastewater State Reserves, and the Viable Utility Reserve. Projects funded from the Viable Utility Reserve are conditional upon approval by the Local Government Commission.
 
 “This funding gives North Carolina’s rural communities an opportunity to address the challenges of aging infrastructure and climate change, so they can become more viable, improve their resiliency and compete for economic development,” said Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Elizabeth S. Biser. 
 
The $754 million in funding requests by North Carolina utilities far exceeded the $157 million in available funding for this round, as shown in the 2021 Fall Funded Projects Summary
 
. Studies show that North Carolina needs from $17 billion to $26 billion in upgrades to its water and sewer infrastructure statewide over a twenty-year period.
 
The project funding was approved at the State Water Infrastructure Authority's
 
 Feb. 9 meeting. The Authority is an independent body with primary responsibility for awarding federal and state funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Other responsibilities include developing a state water infrastructure master plan, recommending ways to maximize the use of available loan and grant funding resources, and examining best and emerging practices. 
 
The application period for the next round of funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects, which will include the first awarding of the American Rescue Plan Act’s State Fiscal Recovery Funds, ends on May 2 at 5:00 p.m. The funding application forms and training schedule are available at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-infrastructure/i-need-funding
 
Western Intake Partnership Announces Phase 1 of Jordan Lake Water Treatment Facility Project PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 02 March 2022 17:42

The Western Intake Partnership announces the start of Phase 1 of the Jordan Lake Water Supply Project. The Western Intake Partnership, made up of Chatham County, the City of Durham, and the Town of Pittsboro, was formed in 2014 to focus on securing a long-term regional water supply together for the communities they serve. In 2020, following extensive study, the Partnership decided to move forward with a plan to withdraw and treat water from Jordan Lake and deliver it to partner water systems.

 

Jordan Lake is a vital regional resource. It is a popular place for recreation, supplies water to surrounding communities, controls flooding and water quality, and helps conserve fish and wildlife habitats. Now the lake will provide the growing communities of the Western Intake Partnership with a reliable source of clean drinking water,while protecting the reservoir's other uses.

 

During Phase 1 of the Jordan Lake Water Supply Project, the Partnership will identify and investigate facility location and pipeline route alternatives, determine the capacities required, evaluate treatment process alternatives, evaluate and select the governance model for the Partnership, and conduct an environmental review process. This process is expected to continue through 2024. In future phases, the project is expected to begin construction in 2027 and be completed by 2031. The project includes:

 

  • A new water treatment facility, intake facility, and pump station on Jordan Lake near the Vista Point recreation area, and finished water transmission pipelines/booster pumping.
  • A water supply pipeline to deliver water from the intake facility to a new water treatment facility.
  • A water treatment facility on currently owned property near Jordan Lake.
  • Drinking water transmission pipelines to deliver water to Partner distribution systems.

 

Beginning the week of March 7, consultants associated with the project will begin work on a site being considered for the proposed water treatment facility. Their work will include a field survey, preliminary geotechnical investigations, and environmental resource surveys such as wetland and stream delineations. The site being considered is owned by Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) in the vicinity of Jordan Lake.

OWASA is engaged with the Western Intake Partnership but is not a member. OWASA is currently working to finalize a decision on how to meet its long-term water supply needs.

 

Information about the project can be found at www.WesternIntakePartnership.com. Questions may be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phoned in to a project hotline at 919-379-5774.

 

 
Union County Recognized For Technology Practices PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 09:11

Union County is being recognized as a national leader in implementing the best technology practices among more than 3,000 U.S. counties.

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties awarded Union County 10th place in its population category in the 17th annual Digital Counties Survey. The survey analyzes innovative initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and contribute to disaster response recovery efforts.

“Our team has worked hard to constantly evolve Union County’s technology programs and plans; enabling us to continue providing residents exceptional access to important services,” said Carl Lucas, Director of Information Systems.

Contributing factors for the County receiving this award include upgrading audio and video systems for livestreaming Board of Commissioners meetings and plans for a robust data analytics program that will store more documents digitally. In similar cost-saving measures, moving to paperless systems has saved up to $15,000.

“Union County will continue implementing strategies that improve transparency and boost resident engagement,” said County Manager Mark Watson. “These technologies improve our efficiency and lower the cost of providing public services.”

For more information about the Digital Counties Survey Awards, visit the Government Technology website.

 

 


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