The State Water Infrastructure Authority was created in 2013 under North Carolina General Statute 159G-70. The authority is an independent body with primary responsibility for awarding both federal and state funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. The authority is made up of nine members.
In addition to awarding funding, the authority is also responsible for developing a state water infrastructure master plan, recommending ways to maximize the use of available loan and grant funding resources, examining best and emerging practices, and assessing the need for a troubled system protocol. The authority must meet at least four times per year. The Division of Water Infrastructure staff provides all support for the authority. Jennifer.Haynie@deq.nc.gov is the primary staff liaison to the authority and is the point of contact for matters related to the authority.