AUGUSTA, Maine – Sen, Debra Plowman (R-Hampden) and Rep. Ray Wallace (R-Dexter) announced today that they have been informed by USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel that Dexter Utility District will receive funds totaling $1.9 million through the agency’s Water and Waste Programs.
The funding consists of $1.1 million in Water and Waste Disposal Loan and $800,000 in Water and Waste Disposal Grant funds.
USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said, “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. 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.”
“This is an important investment that will ensure the safety and reliability of Dexter’s water,” said Sen. Plowman. “The funding is crucial to the timely completion of this project.”
The project is significant to Dexter and is necessary for completion before the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) implements plans for major road work on Route 7, the main corridor through the town. Dexter Utility District hopes to complete the necessary upgrades to the water mains before the MDOT work begins. The mains will be relocated to under sidewalks to make future access easier should future repair work be needed.
“Dexter officials have worked hard to promote this project and to secure this funding,” said Rep. Wallace. “I applaud their efforts in improving a key component of Dexter’s infrastructure.”
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices.