Pittsboro will receive $17.9 million for two drinking water projects

Pittsboro, NC – Gov. Roy Cooper and NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) Secretary Elizabeth S. Biser announced Thursday that 249 infrastructure projects in 80 communities across North Carolina would receive $462.9 million to aid in cleaner drinking water and strengthen wastewater and stormwater systems. 

Gov. Cooper. and DEQ Secretary Biser announce $462.9 million for projects that will strengthen North Carolina’s water systems, Feb. 23, 2023. (photo courtesy Gov. Cooper Twitter page)

The Town of Pittsboro in Chatham County will receive $17.9 million for two drinking water projects to add new treatment processes to control emerging contaminants. The town will also receive $10.5 million for a regionalization wastewater transmission system improvement project converting the wastewater treatment plant into an equalization pump station and force main to a lift station in Sanford.

“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,” said Cooper. “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.”

“Investing in water infrastructure provides communities with reliable, affordable access to clean water and the opportunity for future economic growth,” NC Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Elizabeth S. Biser said. “The amount of funding requested highlights the extensive need for infrastructure investment across North Carolina.”

The awards are funded by a portion of $2.3 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act, State Revolving Funds (including Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds), and Community Development Block Grant funding.

The state normally invests approximately $200 million annually in upgrading systems. The state plans to use the $2.3 billion over the next two years. 

For this round of funding, DEQ received 649 applications from 91 of North Carolina’s 100 counties and reconsidered applications from Spring 2022. In total, 734 applications were considered for funding, representing more than $3.5 billion. 

The announcement was made at the Lexington Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Davidson County.

A list of all projects funded statewide by town or county is available on the NCDEQ website