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Dollars for clean water

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Sixty-four North Carolina communities receive remaining bond funds.

The last $12.8 million in proceeds from the 1998 Clean Water Bonds were distributed to 64 North Carolina communities in February, bringing the total amount awarded to $800 million.

The bonds were designed by state lawmakers to create jobs and restore the environment in rural and economically distressed communities in the state, and were administered by the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Commerce.

The bond proceeds funded more than 1,000 projects, created or saved more than 43,000 jobs, and resulted in 104 economic development projects and 703 construction projects, the center says.

More than half the projects funded are in distressed rural areas and more than 200 are in communities experiencing persistent poverty, the center says, with the bonds serving a total of more than 2.6 million households and businesses across the state.

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