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June 02, 2022

Collins, King Announce More Than $11.2 Million for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Projects in Maine

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced a total of $11,273,000 through low-interest loans and grants for two water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Maine. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Program.

“Maintaining and upgrading water and wastewater systems is vital to ensuring the economic and environmental health of our communities,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “We welcome these important infrastructure investments in rural Maine, which will help ensure that Mainers continue to have access to clean, safe water while creating and retaining jobs.”

The funding will be allocated as follows:

  • Anson and Madison Water District will receive a $6 million loan and a $3.5 million grant to replace approximately 26,900 linear feet of transmission main. The mains are old, unlined cast iron pipe with leaded joints and a significant vulnerability to the district. The replacement of the leaded joints will resolve a health and sanitary issue for the district. This project will significantly improve the reliability of the system that provides domestic water and fire protection for the community.
  • Paris Utility District will receive a $1,330,000 loan and a $443,000 grant to replace the Hooper Ledge storage tank, which is 100 years old and has exceeded its expected service life, with a new prestressed concrete tank. The storage tank is expected to have a storage capacity of 500,000 gallons. Site improvements will include an upgraded access road. This replacement will benefit the district and the customers it services, while simultaneously improving water quality in the water system.

The Water and Waste Disposal Program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

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