$109M in drinking water, wastewater grants approved by LGC

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RALEIGH — The Local Government Commission (LGC) approved $109 million in grants for drinking water and wastewater projects this meeting last week.  

“A dependable source of clean drinking water and reliable wastewater systems are of the utmost importance for public health, environmental stewardship, quality of life and economic development,” said State Treasurer Dale Folwell said in a statement. “Many small towns and rural communities, in particular, as well as some urban centers face massive challenges providing those essential services due to shrinking tax bases and depopulation.” 

The money for the work falls under the Viable Utility Reserve (VUR) Act. That act was passed by the General Assembly to help distressed local government units maintain, improve and replace public water and wastewater infrastructure with a goal of working with other distressed local governments.