BANGOR, Maine — Eight communities will receive nearly $3 million in funding for wastewater projects, the USDA announced Monday.
The eight communities and the grant amounts are as follows:
Norridgewock Water District has been selected to receive $1,468,500 in the form of a loan of $1,118,000 and a grant of $350,500 to upgrade the Norridgewock Water District’s distribution system by replacing aged water mains thus improving operating efficiencies, flow, and reliability of the system.
Wiscasset was selected to receive $1,200,000 in the form of a loan of $974,000 and a grant of $226,000 to replace and reline 6,500 feet of sewer mains and to upgrade three pump stations, which will improve flow rates and efficiency.
Passamaquoddy Tribal Council at Pleasant Point Reservation has been selected to receive a grant of $65,104 to be used to identify and evaluate solutions to water issues relating to source, storage, treatment, and the distribution of safe drinking water.
The Hancock County Planning Commission has been selected to receive a grant of $12,900 for workshops and training that will be used to help reduce threats to drinking water. It will also assist municipal officials in identifying failing waste disposal systems, ranking these systems for priority replacement, and directing those officials to appropriate funding for income-eligible households for new systems.
The Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments has been selected to receive a grant of $100,000 to provide a wide range of technical assistance to towns/associations using existing staff.
The Hancock County Planning Commission has been selected to receive a grant of $29,500. Funds will be used to help Hancock County increase their recycling rates.
The Kennebec Valley Council of Governments has been selected to receive a grant of $68,000 to help reduce solid waste sent to landfills and incinerators, increase municipal recycling, and improve water quality by the removal of toxic materials from the waste stream.
The Northern Maine Development Commission, Inc. has been selected to receive a grant of $29,500 to help reduce the influx of garbage and recyclables that will come from the 2014 World Acadian Congress convention.