BANGOR, Maine – USDA Rural Development has awarded funding to five water and wastewater and community projects that will benefit rural Maine.
“I am pleased that USDA Rural Development can invest $2.27 million to assist four communities with essential water and wastewater upgrades and one tribal community with upgrades to its vital Administrative Building,” USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said in a press release. “The impact of this funding will benefit these rural communities for many years to come through reliable infrastructure and preservation of an important community building and meeting space. ”
Water and Wastewater Projects receiving funding:
- Jay Village Water District will receive $1,210,000 in the form of a Water and Waste Disposal Loan of $680,000 and a Water and Waste Disposal Grant of $530,000 to replace aging asbestos-cement water mains. It will improve the available water flow for fire suppression, help reduce system pressure fluctuations during heavy usage, and replace a section of main that has reached the end of its useful life.
- Livermore Falls Water District will receive $500,000 in the form of a Water and Waste Disposal Loan to replace water mains along Route 4 from Livermore Falls into Jay. These upgrades will improve the available flow for fire suppression, aide in reducing system pressure fluctuations during heavy usage, and replace a section of main that has reached the end of its useful life and has had frequent breaks. This project is being done in conjunction with the Jay Sewer Department, Village Water District and a Maine Department of Transportation project.
- Farmingdale will receive $500,000 in the form of a Water and Waste Disposal Loan of $300,000 and Water and Waste Disposal Grant of $200,000 to replace five existing, obsolete pump stations that are near the end of their useful life, replace slide rail assemblies with explosion proof assemblies, replace existing discharge piping and valves within the wet well structure, and replace the aluminum hatch lifting pistons and latching assemblies. The upgrades will improve the efficiency and capacity of the sewer system for the users of the system.
- Brownville will receive $30,000 in the form of a Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Grant for a feasibility study that will provide an analysis of the existing wastewater treatment system, treatment requirements and needs, cost analysis and treatment options.
Community Facility Project receiving funding:
- Indian Township Passamaquoddy Reservation will receive $30,655 in the form of a Community Facility Grant to replace windows and exterior doors in the Tribal Administrative Building that serves as the center for all tribal functions and services, tribal events, and as a meeting space. The windows and doors are 28 years old and are in need of replacement.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as the Department implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act.
USDA Rural Development has Area Offices located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston, and Scarborough, as well as a State Office, located in Bangor. There are 62 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. USDA Rural Development invested a total of $402.5 million in Maine communities last Fiscal Year. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site athttp://www.rurdev.usda.gov/me.