Emerging Contaminants / PFAS Funding

Fall 2023 Funding Round Awards: Emerging Contaminants / PFAS Funding 

Fall 2023 Funding Round Awards will be Announced in Feb. 2024

Spring 2024 Funding Round opens Feb. 27 and runs through April 30, 2024.

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

Five application training sessions are available in-person statewide Feb. 27 through March 8, 2024- a virtual session is offered and a recorded session will be available after March 8. 


Division of Water Infrastructure Fall 2023 Emerging Contaminants / PFAS Funding

During its Fall 2023 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.

Fall 2023 Funding Round applications will be scored based on the established Priority Rating System, and funding awards will be made in February 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

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  • 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 Fall 2023 funding round.

  • Applications are submitted online. 

  • The Fall 2023 application and related forms are available at: Application Forms and Additional Resources

  • The online submittal portal link is located on page 8 of the Fall 2023 application/instructions document available at the link above.




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.