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The EFC at UNC has been selected by the U.S. EPA's Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center to provide assistance to communities addressing water infrastructure challenges. The EFC at UNC will jointly manage the effort with the Southwest Environmental Finance Center at the University of New Mexico and will be supported by members of the Environmental Finance Center Network, a team of other university-based centers from across the country.

In order to protect water resources and provide clean drinking water and wastewater treatment, which are critical public health and environmental services, many communities must overcome the challenges and costs associated with inadequate and aging infrastructure. Through WaterCARE, or Community Assistance for Resiliency and Excellence in Drinking Water and Wastewater, the EFC at UNC and its partners will assist 10 communities across the country in developing robust and resilient finance strategies for water infrastructure that meets long-term needs. 

The EFC at UNC and its partners, which include members of the Environmental Finance Center Network, will meet one-on-one with each community to collaborate on activities needed to develop a financial strategy to meet their local priorities. Each community is dedicated to increasing community sustainability by financing water infrastructure improvements. Communities selected to participate in the WaterCARE program have a need to address public health challenges, affordability considerations, and a readiness to proceed with an infrastructure improvement project. 


The 10 communities selected to receive WaterCARE assistance are:

  • Buchanan County, Virginia
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, Montana
  • Gatesville, Texas
  • Haines Borough, Alaska
  • The Hoopa Valley Tribe, California
  • Johnston, Iowa
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Selma, Alabama
  • The Township of South Orange Village, New Jersey
  • Youngstown, Ohio

Communities will benefit from an array of services related to financial and management planning, including:

  • Public Engagement and Customer Outreach
  • Decision-maker/board education and training
  • Alternative Analyses
  • Rate and Revenue Analyses
  • Asset Management Practices
  • Financing/Funding Options
  • Affordability Analyses
  • Fiscal Sustainability Plans
  • Water Efficiency Studies
  • Resiliency Assessments
  • Regional Partnerships