LIMESTONE, Maine — The town will use more than $4.2 million in stimulus funds to make wastewater system improvements in the municipality.
The funding, being distributed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, includes a $1.1 million loan and a $3.1 million grant to assist Limestone with the project. The money will allow the town to invest in its water and wastewater infrastructure. It also will help it continue to deliver safe drinking water and help protect the environment in rural areas.
The news was announced Wednesday by members of the state’s congressional delegation.
U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins worked with a bipartisan group of senators to craft the legislation, which eventually secured the funding for the town.
“These funds will help the town of Limestone take the necessary steps to update and improve its water and waste disposal services,” the senators said in a joint statement. “Rural communities across Maine are struggling to replace aging water systems and we are pleased that the USDA has stepped in to help Limestone enhance the efficiency and quality of these vital public services.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud also applauded the announcement, pointing out the project in Limestone is one of 31 water and environmental projects announced Wednesday that is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“Cities and towns throughout Maine have benefited greatly by USDA water system investments,” said Michaud. “Many communities in Maine have aging water infrastructure and are facing major investments to upgrade their systems in order to protect public health and to maintain environmental standards. The resources made available today are essential to Limestone’s water system and will benefit area residents by creating jobs.”
The ARRA funding designated for Limestone is being administered by USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program.