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North Carolina's waterworks are in urgent need of maintenance and rehabilitation so as to meet increasing demands.
North Carolina faces over $6.5 billion in needed water and sewer construction over the next five years because of a growing population, an aging infrastructure system, and stricter health and environmental regulations. Hall, president of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, discusses how this enormous need might be funded.
Standards for treating drinking water and wastewater in the country are becoming stricter. At the same time the pipes and related conduits that bring drinking water to and take wastewater away from the home or business are wearing out. Some of these underground systems have been doing their jobs for over one hundred years. Burgess discusses the problems created in dealing with water infrastructure replacement when federal mandates, like the Clean Water Act, are either underfunded, unfunded, or cut by Congress.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that $80-$90 billion will have to be spent over the next twenty years to solve the nation’s sewer overflow problem. In July 1998, North Carolina began implementing new enforcement initiatives aimed at preventing sewer overflows. A new systemwide permit program will require sewer operators to adhere to design construction and performance standards.