ROCKPORT, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci, Aqua Maine employees and others participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Monday at Mirror Lake for a new membrane filtration facility.
The $7 million filtration plant, driven by new environmental regulations, is being partially funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. These funds are administered by the Maine Drinking Water Program and the Maine Municipal Bond Bank as part of the federal funding package made available for water systems throughout the state, according to a press release from Aqua Maine.
“This filter plant is especially significant since it is the first use of large-scale membrane filtration technology in the state,” Aqua Maine president Judy Kelley said in the release. “The use of membranes brings greater filter efficiency, less wasted water in the process, a smaller building footprint, and lower chemistry needs than the more traditional water filtration methods, while delivering a better product to our customers.”
The new plant will contain solar panels to help support its increased power needs, and the required building addition is designed to LEED standards for commercial structures.
The Camden & Rockland Water System serves 7,700 customers in Rockland, Camden, Rockport, Thomaston, Owls Head, Warren and Union and is one of 20 Maine water systems owned or operated by Aqua Maine.