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Untreated wastewater overwhelms the pump station at the Mount Olive wastewater treatment plant in 2020.

The towns of Mount Olive, Pikeville and Fremont as well as six area water districts will receive a share of $789.4 million in grants and loans awarded to 385 water and sewer projects statewide.

The awards are the first round of water and wastewater funding from the state provided through the American Rescue Plan Act, said Gov. Roy Cooper. Nearly $175 million has been appropriated through the 2022-23 state budget.

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