Growth and dry conditions prompt more water management bills
Among the bills introduced this week:
House Bill 1747 – would require local governments to submit a revised plan that specifies how their water system intends to address foreseeable future needs when 80 percent of the water system’s available supply has been allocated to current or prospective users.
House Bill 1746 – establishes a task force to design and maintain a database of statewide water and wastewater resources. The idea is to provide one source of information for tracking and locating all of the current water and wastewater infrastructure projects within the state.
House Bill 1749 – directs the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other agencies to develop a statewide survey to better assess the State’s water and wastewater infrastructure needs. The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center’s last report was completed five years ago.
House Bill 1751 – sets aside $44 million for the Clean Water Management Trust Fund to award as grants, but only in the case of “critical” water and wastewater infrastructure needs.
Before this week’s welcome rainfall, the N.C. Drought Monitoring Council listed the eastern two-thirds of our state as “abnormally dry.”