Emerging Contaminants / PFAS Funding

The Spring 2024 Funding Round opened Feb. 27 and ran through April 30, 2024

Spring 2024 Applications were due by 5 p.m. on April 30, 2024.

Completed applications were submitted online:  Spring 2024 Application for Funding

Application training materials were available here.



Division of Water Infrastructure Spring 2024 Emerging Contaminants / PFAS Funding

During its Spring 2024 funding round, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Infrastructure is offering Emerging Contaminants funding, available to local government units, non-profit water corporations and investor-owned drinking water companies for planning or construction projects addressing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in water or wastewater systems.  DEQ is utilizing federal funding to help public water systems address PFAS in advance of the EPA’s proposed National Drinking Water Regulation.

Funding is available to assist eligible drinking water systems in planning how to address PFAS contamination. Planning can be in the form of assessment studies, pilot testing treatment technologies, design and alternatives analysis for future construction projects, pre-construction planning projects, etc., following the guidance of the Division of Water Resources’ Public Water Supply Section. Funding is also available to assist eligible applicants with construction projects to address PFAS contamination.

Applications will be scored based on the established Priority Rating System, and funding awards will be made in July 2024. 

 Funding for lead service line replacement projects is also available now on an ongoing basis. 

PFAS Funding Informational Webinar (8/31/23)

Related EPA links

Additional Funding and Application Information

Tab/Accordion Items

This  program can fund construction projects or planning projects addressing any Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water and wastewater systems. Treatment of landfill leachate with PFAS is also eligible for funding. Planning projects involve assessing the options and designing a solution to address PFAS contamination in drinking water/wastewater. Construction projects include adding treatment to drinking water/wastewater/landfill leachate, and/or developing alternative sources for drinking water. 

Any local government unit (LGU) or non-profit water/wastewater corporation that provides water or wastewater service may apply for this funding. 

LGUs include counties, cities, towns, sanitary districts, water and sewer authorities, etc.

In addition, investor-owned drinking water utilities regulated by the Utilities Commission are eligible for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, and publicly-owned landfills are eligible for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund - Emerging Contaminants funding.

All BIL DWSRF-EC and BIL CWSRF-EC funds will be 100% Principal Forgiveness.

Other DWSRF and CWSRF funding may be offered in the form of low-interest loans with or without principal forgiveness.

  • Please note that the application used for Emerging Contaminants / PFAS funding is the same application used for all Division of Water Infrastructure funding programs offered during the Spring 2024 funding round.
  • Applications are submitted online: Spring 2024 Application for Funding
  • The Spring 2024 application and related forms are available at: Application Forms and Additional Resources
  • The online submittal link is also located on page 8 of the Spring 2024 application/instructions document available here.
  • Application training information and additional resources are available here.

What other information should I know about applying for the BIL DWSRF-EC or BIL CWSRF-EC funds?

  • Projects seeking BIL EC funds must use the same common application and applicable priority rating systems (DW/CW PRS).
  • Claim applicable BIL EC eligible priority rating line items and all other eligible line items.
  • EC eligible projects will be considered for base SRF funds.
  • EC applications will have two prioritization scores: one score for EC funds only and another score for base funds.


Intended Use Plans (IUPs) and Priority Rating Systems (PRSs) for Emerging Contaminants Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (EC-DWSRF) and Emerging Contaminants Clean Water State Revolving Fund (EC-CWSRF)

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority PowerPoint Presentation

(From 8/31/23 Division of Water Infrastructure webinar about Emerging Contaminants / PFAS Funding)

DEQ Public Water Supply (PWS) Section Information

  • For more information on the Public Water Supply rules governing pilot studies, see 15A NCAC 18C .0714 or contact PWS staff.

  • More detailed information on requirements for emerging contaminant treatment will be relayed as more guidance comes from federal partners.