Milo Water District honored for excellence

Posted Jan. 18, 2011, at 10:47 p.m.

FREEPORT — The Maine Rural Water Association recognized the Milo Water District for outstanding operations in wastewater at its 30th annual Technical Conference, Exhibition & Meeting in Freeport last month.

The award is given to a facility that exemplifies excellence in some aspect of its operation and maintenance of the collection system or treatment plant, according to a prepared press release.

Milo is a financially strapped town that has lost much of its manufacturing base and has experienced many hardships including a fire two years ago that destroyed most of the downtown area. These setbacks have not deterred the town from seeking alternative resources to proceed with projects to improve its aging infrastructure one step at a time, according to the Rural Water Association.

The district employees and their trustees recognize the importance of the wastewater infrastructure in the future economic development of the community. For the past few years the staff of the Milo Water District has been given the additional responsibility of implementing the collection system projects.

In 2009, the district received funding to extend the collection line to the Eastern Piscataquis Industrial Park and upgrade the existing pipe. In 2010, the district was successful in obtaining a loan-grant package from USDA Rural Development to proceed with upgrades to Park Street.

Timmy Gormley, David Bragdon and Karen Durant accepted the award last month.

The Maine Rural Water Association is a private nonprofit that provides training and technical assistance to Maine’s community water systems and wastewater utilities. MRWA trains more than 1,200 water and wastewater operators annually.

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