BANGOR, Maine — USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel has announced that Boothbay Region Water District has been selected to receive a Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan in the amount of $2.2 million, and Water and Waste Grant of $1.2 million, as part of the department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said in a press release, “This essential infrastructure project will assist residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations of Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, and Southport with improved water systems and quality drinking water, contributing to economic growth and vitality in these coastal Maine communities.”
USDA Rural Development funds totaling $3.4 million will assist Boothbay Region Water District in making infrastructure improvements that will assist with consolidating the Town of Southport’s public water system with that of the Boothbay Region Water District. The project will merge the two systems and upgrade transmission lines and storage. This project will create an improved distribution system, assist with fire protection, and help provide clean drinking water to residents. Upon completion of the project the Boothbay Region Water District will serve 3,267 users in the communities of Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, and Southport (2,881 residential, 360 commercial, and 26 governmental).
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.
USDA Rural Development invested $462.5 million in rural Maine communities last fiscal year in the areas of homeownership, business assistance, energy and renewable energy development, water and wastewater and community facilities. The agency has Area Offices located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston, and Scarborough, as well as a State Office, located in Bangor. There are 61 employees working to deliver the agency’s Housing, Business, and Community Programs, which are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, and farmers, and improve the quality of life in rural Maine. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/me.