ARPA Funding Guide for "Distressed" Utilities
The North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $1.69 billion from the state’s allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater investments.
The deadline for the Spring 2022 round of funding is May 2nd, 5:00 PM
This guide is to assist "distressed" utilities navigate the application process for the Spring 2022 round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for water and wastewater construction projects. Awards may be determined as early as July. Learn more about the Viable Utility Reserve and its identification criteria for distressed systems
Water and wastewater utilities designated as distressed are eligible to apply for ARPA funds through the Viable Utility Reserve (VUR). The VUR must expend $353M to distressed units by December 30th, 2026.
Through this designation, the water system is eligible to apply for ARPA funding through the Viable Utility Reserve - $353M has been set aside specifically for distressed units.
Learn more about the Viable Utility Reserve and its identification criteria for distressed systems
As displayed below, the purpose of ARPA funding through the Viable Utility Reserve is to award "Grants for water and wastewater systems that have been designated as distressed by the State Water Infrastructure Authority and the Local Government Commission, for the purposes set forth in subdivisions (1) through (5) of G.S. 159G-32(d)."
Meaning your utility can apply for ARPA funds to achieve the following:
(1) Provide physical interconnection and extension of public water or wastewater infrastructure to provide regional service.
(2) Rehabilitate existing public water or wastewater infrastructure.
(3) Decentralize an existing public water system or wastewater system into smaller viable parts.
(4) Fund a study of any one or more of the following: a. Rates. b. Asset inventory and assessment. c. Merger and regionalization options.
(5) Fund other options deemed feasible which result in local government units generating sufficient revenues to adequately fund management and operations, personnel, appropriate levels of maintenance, and reinvestment that facilitate the provision of reliable water or wastewater services.
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Director of Division of Water Infrastructure:
Public Information Officer:
Viable Utility Reserve:
Drinking Water Projects: