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HOFFMAN — This northern Richmond County town will receive a $3 million grant to build two new wastewater lift stations and install 9,600 feet of sewer lines, state Rep. Garland E. Pierce announced Monday.

The first phase of the town of Hoffman’s wastewater collection system project will receive the Community Development Block Grant to replace failing septic systems. The N.C. Department of Environmental Resources disburses the grant funding.

Federal funds will cover $3 million of the project, leaving the town on the hook for the remaining $75,000, according to the state environmental resources department.

Pierce, D-Scotland, announced the grant award in a Monday release. State officials awarded more than $63 million in grant funding to help bankroll drinking water and wastewater projects in counties, cities and towns throughout North Carolina.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund, the Community Development Block Grants infrastructure program and the Water Infrastructure Fund will help pay for 29 projects and 12 studies.

The State Water Infrastructure Authority released the list of approved grants at its Monday meeting in Raleigh. The authority includes appointed state and local officials with interest or experience in water and wastewater issues.

Six projects totaling about $9.8 million will be funded with money from the Community Development Block Grant program. The program is paid for using federal money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The block grant program aims to improve the quality of life, public and environmental health and economic vitality for low-to-moderate income communities by improving water and wastewater infrastructure. The town of Hoffman received a block grant and a revolving fund loan to finance the installation of a sewer collection system to eliminate failing septic tanks, privies and straight piping.

Moore County will treat wastewater for the town of Hoffman when the project is complete.

As a result of state legislation last year, all state-administered water infrastructure funding programs are now consolidated in the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which Pierce said makes it easier to pair funding sources for projects like Hoffman’s so the town can better leverage grant funding.

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