Town Seeking FEMA Funding for 2 Utilities Projects

The projects would total about $9.5 million, and the town would pay 30% of the cost.

Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

The Town of Hillsborough plans to apply for Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities funding from the Federal Emergency Management Association for two utilities projects to reduce risks from disasters and natural hazards. If received, the town would pay 30% of the cost of the projects.

See information on the two projects below. Any comments or questions can be directed to Utilities Director Marie Strandwitz by email.

River Pumping Station Relocation from Floodway

The town is seeking about $8 million to move its largest wastewater pumping station, the River Pumping Station, out of the Eno River’s floodway and riparian buffer. Repeated repair of the station due its condition and location is expected to be an excessive burden on commerce, medical care, and town sewer rates. Leaving the station in its current location presents a flooding risk, which has occurred in the past and can lead to issues that include:

  • Discharge of raw wastewater, resulting in regulatory fines and harm to aquatic life.
  • Increase in areas flooded with raw wastewater along the river corridor from underground pipes that lead to the station.
  • Unsanitary conditions for impacted customers due to interruption in water and wastewater services.
  • Shutdown of businesses, medical facilities, schools, and manufacturing.

Regional Resilient Water Supply Project

The town is seeking about $1.5 million to construct a water booster pumping station in its southern service area that would aid in a regional interconnection with Orange Water and Sewer Authority to provide redundancy and resiliency in times of emergency, including drought. The station would support the town’s entire customer base in times of need by providing clean water to all users while avoiding disruption of emergency care, commerce, and the impact of unsanitary conditions.

FEMA funding program

The FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program supports states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects. It supports communities through capability- and capacity-building; encourages and enables innovation; promotes partnerships; enables large projects; maintains flexibility; and provides consistency.