ST. AGATHA, Maine — Officials from St. Agatha and Frenchville gathered this week to celebrate their partnership in combining wastewater treatment operations at one facility, eliminating discharges to the St. John River and Long Lake.
The $3.2 million project is expected to be completed in late summer 2013 when St. Agatha will officially begin sending its wastewater to Frenchville for treatment.
Funding is made possible by three different federal and state agencies.
“This is a shining example of partnership and collaboration at its best, not only on the part of St. Agatha and Frenchville, but on the part of the partners who worked together to make this vital project a success,” USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said in a prepared statement.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development has provided a loan/grant commitment of just over $1.1 million to the project to assist with the conversation of the treatment plant to a pumping facility.
The Maine Department of Environmental Projection has awarded the project just over $1.6 million in grant funding and principal loan forgiveness through its Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund. The DEP funds will be used to update the treatment facility as well as a section of force main and a couple pump station improvements in Frenchville.
The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded St. Agatha a $500,000 grant from its Community Development Block Grant program. These funds will be used to repair about one mile of service line and connections on Main Street in St. Agatha.
“By moving from two separated, aged wastewater treatment systems to a shared, state-of-the-art facility, the towns of St. Agatha and Frenchville are ensuring a safer and more sustainable future for their communities,” said Nick Archer, DEP’s Northern Maine regional director, in the press release. “The Maine DEP … applauds these two communities for their commitment to the proactive protection of public and environmental health that we at the department so value.”
Town officials, representatives of the various government agencies, and others gathered Tuesday morning at 419 Main Street in St. Agatha to mark the new partnership.