OLD TOWN, Maine — USDA Rural Development has awarded the city a $1.46 million funding package for sewer system upgrades on Stillwater Avenue.
The funding package consists of a $1,304,000 Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and a Water and Waste Disposal Grant of $156,000, according to a Rural Development representative.
The sewer work, which will coincide with a Maine Department of Transportation road reconstruction project, will involve replacing two aged sewer mains. The mains set to be replaced are combination of clay and asbestos cement pipe and are in poor condition, posing a risk of potential overflows that could affect the Penobscot River.
“Protection of Maine’s natural resources is a key priority of USDA Rural Development and the replacement of antiquated sewer mains will help to ensure the preservation and health of the Penobscot River while contributing to Old Town’s sustainability,’’ USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said in announcing the grant.
Old Town City Manager Bill Mayo added: “The Stillwater Avenue sewer upgrade is critical in replacing an old and failing sewer main. Along with this project, the water main and road will also be upgraded.
“This is an essential infrastructure improvement for the city and serves an area with a great deal of development potential,” Mayo said.