NC DENR-DWR Session Law 2008-143 - Section 9: Eligibility Criteria

Session Law 2008-143 - Section 9: Eligibility Criteria

On July 1, 2009, Section 9 of Session Law 2008-143 (the 2008 Drought Bill) went into effect.  Among other things, this Section requires that in order to be eligible for State water infrastructure funds from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund or the Drinking Water Reserve Fund or any other grant or loan of funds allocated by the General Assembly for the purpose of extending waterlines or expanding water treatment capacity, a local government or large community water system must demonstrate that the system meets a number of new requirements.   Accordingly, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has developed guidance documents to help water systems comply with several of these new eligibility criteria.  These guidance documents are accessible in the links below.

For a brief summary of Section 9 of Session Law 2008-143 and a complete list of all of the new eligibility criteria click here.  
( Section 9 of SL 2008-143)

For a guidance document that will assist a water system in evaluating whether its water rate structure is adequate to pay the cost of maintaining, repairing, and operating the system, including reserves for payment of principal and interest on indebtedness incurred for maintenance or improvement of the water system during periods of normal use and periods of reduced water use due to implementation of water conservation measures, as required by Section 9(b)(1), click here:  
( Drought bill water rate structure guidance 2.pdf )

For guidance as to what constitutes an acceptable leak detection and repair program as required in Section 9 click here.  
(Section_9b2_Leak_Detection_Repair.pdf - PWSS explanation of leak detection and repair program)
For additional information on controlling water loss from EPA, click here.  
(Water_Loss_Control_508_FINALDEc.pdf - EPA water loss control manual)

For Recommendations for Efficient Metering of Water Use by Local Governments and Large Community Water Systems click here   
(Efficient_Metering)

For a guidance document that will assist a water system in evaluating the extent to which the future needs of the system can be met by reclaimed water, as required in Section 9, click here.  
(Section_9b6_Reclaimed_Water_Analysis Final Draft.pdf - DWR reclaimed water analysis)