DEXTER, Maine — The Dexter Utility District has been awarded $1.9 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency to upgrade its water mains.
A total of $1.1 million was awarded through a water and waste disposal loan, while $800,000 came in grant funds, USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said Tuesday.
“This critical funding will assist Dexter Utility District in making necessary upgrades to its water infrastructure, including the replacement of 100 year-old water mains,” Manuel said in a statement. “This work will help ensure the reliability of the system for the town’s residents, businesses and public facilities as well as create construction and engineering jobs.”
Randy Webber, superintendent of the Dexter Utility District, said the funds came at the right time.
“We are so pleased to be able to partner with USDA Rural Development on this important project. This funding will be instrumental in ensuring we can move forward and complete this project in a timely manner,” said Webber.
The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing major road work on Route 7, the main corridor through town. The district will work on water mains along the route before DOT begins its work. The main will be relocated under sidewalks.
“Reinvesting in old infrastructure is critical to supporting and maintaining our rural communities,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, in a statement. “These USDA funds will ensure quality drinking water and public safety while creating employment opportunities through engineer and construction jobs.”