When the State Water Infrastructure Authority meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, they are to hear updates on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds for lead service lines and emerging contaminants.
The meeting is to be held at the Steve Troxler Agricultural Sciences Center, 4400 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh. The public can listen to the meeting via WebEx using the provided link. Password is NCDWI. To listen by phone, call 415-655-0003 and use access code 2420 370 0823.
The service line is the pipe that runs from the water main to the home’s internal plumbing. Lead service lines can be a major source of lead contamination in water, according to the EPA.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law dedicated $15 billion in funding to replace lead pipes, $4 billion to the drinking water state revolving funds for emerging contaminants, and $5 billion to Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation, or WIIN, grants to address emerging contaminants.
Other items on the authority’s the agenda include a discussion on requirements for grant recipients for the State Reserve Program and American Rescue Plan Act Projects and a time for public comment.
Email Jennifer.Haynie@ncdenr.gov by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 to speak during the comment period.
The authority is an independent body with the primarily responsible 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.
To learn more about the State Water Infrastructure Authority visit the DEQ website.