LUMBERTON — Lumberton and Pembroke are among the recipients of more than $127 million in loans and grants awarded recently for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects, Gov. Pat McCrory announced earlier this week.
Three Lumberton projects were funded.
The city will receive $1 million in Federal Clean Water State Revolving Funds approved by State Water Infrastructure Authority for sewer system repairs this year. The city will only need to pay back half of the low-interest loan, which will go towards infrastructure improvements in the Lambeth Street area.
Lumberton was also awarded $50,000 by the State Water Infrastructure Authority for a regional wastewater study. Money from that grant is to be used for the “study of consolidating the management of multiple utilities into a single utility operation or to provide regional treatment.” City officials have floated the idea of extending Lumberton’s sewer lines to the St. Pauls area and the county landfill.
Lastly, the city was awarded $150,000 to continue mapping its sewer system and creating an asset management plan.
Pembroke was awarded $150,000 for wastewater asset inventory and assessment. Town Manager Tyler Thomas said the money will be used to evaluate parts of Pembroke’s wastewater system to determine the condition of its infrastructure and what repairs are needed.
“The project design is focused not only some of the oldest infrastructure in town but also the most critical infrastructure that funnels flow to our wastewater treatment plant,” Thomas said. ” … Asset inventory and assessment assistance will complement years of inventory and assessment efforts, enabling the town to address system needs in a major way.”