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NEWS: DEQ Accepting Public Comment on Draft Proposed Changes to Priority Rating Systems for Water and Wastewater Funding

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Infrastructure is accepting comments until April 1, 2024, on several draft proposed changes to the Priority Rating Systems (PRSs) for the funding programs listed below. The Priority Rating Systems address administration of water and wastewater infrastructure funding.

The Division and the State Water Infrastructure Authority use Priority Rating Systems to score applications for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects in North Carolina. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program offers low-interest loans (with principal forgiveness) for water infrastructure, including water and wastewater treatment facilities, wastewater collection systems, water distribution systems, reclaimed water facilities, energy efficiency upgrades, stormwater control measures and stream restoration projects. The Division also offers grants for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects.

Proposed changes to the PRSs were approved by the State Water Infrastructure Authority on Feb. 20, 2024.

Four priority rating system changes are available for public comment:

Draft PRS Changes for Drinking Water, Wastewater and Emerging Contaminants Projects

Draft PRS Changes for the Community Development Block Grant-Infrastructure Program

Draft PRS Changes for BIL Drinking Water State Revolving Fund-Lead Service Line Replacement Funding

Draft PRS Changes for Asset Inventory & Assessment and Merger/Regionalizaton Planning Grants from the Viable Utility Reserve

A separate public comment period will be made available for the Intended Use Plans for the State Revolving Funds.

Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the draft Priority Rating Systems by 5 p.m. on April 1, 2024.  Comments can be submitted: 

  • by email to: with the subject line: Draft Priority Rating System changes for DW, WW and Emerging Contaminants Projects or Comments on Draft Priority Rating System Changes for CDBG-I program or Comments on Draft Priority Rating System Changes for BIL DWSRF-LSLR or Comments on Draft PRS Changes for AIA & MRF Planning Grants from VUR 
  • by mail to: Cathy Akroyd, Division of Water Infrastructure, 1633 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1633

NEWS: Next State Water Infrastructure Authority Meeting: April 16-17, 2024

                        Location: Surry County Service Center, 915 E. Atkins St., Dobson, NC 27017

                                             2024 State Water Infrastructure Authority Meetings: 

                                            Feb. 20, Mar. 19, April 16-17, July 16-17, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Dec. 10


NEWS: DEQ Accepting Applications for Funding Projects Addressing PFAS in Water or Wastewater Systems: Informational Webinar on PFAS Funding Available Online or by Phone on Aug. 31


NEWS: Division of Water Infrastucture to Hold Fall 2023 Drinking Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Loan and Grant Funding Application Training Sessions at Five Sites Statewide


NEWS: State Announces $223M for Drinking Water and Wastewater Project Funding Statewide


NEWS: DEQ Accepting Public Comment on Draft Water and Wastewater Funding Intended Use Plans and Proposed Changes to Priority Rating Systems 

Public comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2023.




National articles/news about the Division of Water Infrastructure:

News about "North Carolina's Statewide Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan: The Road to Viability"





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