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Fayetteville PWC receives roughly $5.5 million in federal grants

Funding will be directed toward sewer system, GIS work on meters


Fayetteville’s public utility will use nearly $5.5 million in federal grants for upgrades to its sewer system and mapping technology on meters.

Interim CEO and General Manager Mick Noland told members of the Fayetteville Public Works Commission on Wednesday that the funding comes from two separate federal grant programs.

“One is related to ARPA for almost $5 million — a grant — to do work on our sewer system,” he said, referring to the American Rescue Plan Act, a stimulus package championed by the Biden administration in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money will be used for rehabilitation of older clay and concrete sanitary sewer mains, according to agenda materials provided at Wednesday’s meeting.

“And then there was another one we got that was $400,000," Noland said. "And that’s going to be related to doing GIS work on our meters. Because we have to know where our meters are ... as well as it’s an important asset, and it needs to be GIS (compatible) with our other ones."

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Utilities use GIS to track infrastructure build projects, document inspections and streamline maintenance processes, online accounts say. That increases operational efficiency across the board.

“So, $5.5 million is a pretty good day,” Noland told the board.

PWC’s finance, water resources and engineering units developed the project, he said.

Michael Futch covers Fayetteville and education for CityView. He can be reached at mfutch@cityviewnc.com.

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