Halifax and Northampton counties will receive a share of $462.9 million in funding slated for 249 infrastructure projects across the state.
Governor Roy Cooper said the funding reaches 80 communities in North Carolina and will strengthen the state’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems.
Halifax County will receive $8,595,547 for five projects and Northampton County will receive $19,856,450 for nine projects.
“I would like to thank the staff at North Carolina DEQ for working with our communities and providing much needed funds to help strengthen North Carolina’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems,” said state Representative Michael Wray.
“Congratulations to the communities who applied for and received the funds. I encourage every community to search for and apply for any grants that are available to improve the quality of life for their citizens.”
Aging and failing water systems are an obstacle for communities across North Carolina, preventing reliable access to clean drinking water and sewer services, and harming health, quality of life and economic development efforts, Cooper said. “The state typically invests approximately $200 million per year upgrading systems, but thanks to federal funds from the American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, North Carolina is investing $2.3 billion over two years supporting this critical infrastructure.”
The governor said, “Every single North Carolinian deserves clean drinking water, and aging water systems are a threat to the health and economies of too many of our communities.Thanks to investments initiated by the Biden administration, we can make a once in a generation transformation in rebuilding water infrastructure for towns and counties throughout our state.”
DEQ Secretary Elizabeth S. Biser said, “Investing in water infrastructure provides communities with reliable, affordable access to clean water and the opportunity for future economic growth. The amount of funding requested highlights the extensive need for infrastructure investment across North Carolina.”