In March of this year, several of our municipalities received the good news that their applications for State funding assistance for water and wastewater projects had been funded. These include the Asset Inventory and Assessment (AIA) Projects in Parkton, Elizabethtown (2 projects), and Fairmont. The LRCOG staff also assisted the Town of Tabor City in an adjacent COG Region with an application which was funded. Altogether, five of the eight projects submitted by the LRCOG Community and Economic Services' staff were successful in securing needed capital for the region. The State received 176 applications for the AIA program and approved 37. LRCOG projects included the applications rated #1(Parkton-sewer) and #2 (Elizabethtown-sewer).
The Asset Inventory and Assessment program provides for a comprehensive assessment of either the drinking water or wastewater system assets including condition and risk-of-failure of the assets. The assets (lines, tanks, pump stations, etc.) are also mapped through a GIS-based software to provide a comprehensive picture of the assets and their locations. From this information, recipients are able to better prioritize replacement of assets before they fail and make applications for funding to available state sources which give bonus points for the use of an approved Asset Management Plan.
Congratulations to all of the recipients!
A summary of AIA projects and other important water and sewer projects funded in the region include:
Asset Inventory and Assessment Projects
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (Sewer Projects)
CDBG-Infrastructure ($11 million set aside for Hurricane Matthew Projects)
In 2013, the State Water Infrastructure Authority was created within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under North Carolina General Statute 159G-70. The Authority is an independent body with primary responsibility for awarding both federal and state funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. For further information on the Authority and its work, see http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wi/authority.