WASHINGTON — The Milo Water District has received a federal Rural Development grant of $306,000 and a loan of $108,000 to develop a new water source and to construct a pump station and a transmission line.
In addition, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency and will provide $763,000 from the Drinking Water Program for the project.
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who announced the grant and loan in a press release Friday, called it “great news” for Milo.
“In addition to improving the water system, this project will spur economic activity and create jobs,” he said. “Rural Development has been a committed partner of so many Maine communities, and its work to help modernize our water infrastructure will help make sure that residents don’t have to foot the entire bill for these critical utility upgrades.”
Milo Town Manager Jeff Gahagan said Friday that any time funds can be acquired to improve infrastructure, it helps move the town forward.
According to the USDA, the project will bring the Milo Water District into compliance with new federal and state water quality standards. It is estimated that the project will create approximately 18 jobs.
“USDA Rural Development is pleased to partner with the State of Maine to provide this essential funding to Milo Water District,” USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said in a press release. “This project is key to ensuring the people of Milo have access to quality drinking water and properly working utilities.”