Funds will Help Preserve the Kennebec River for Future Use
At a special Earth Day Celebration held today at the Mill Stream Elementary School, over 60 residents from the Town of Norridgewock learned that their community would receive a total of $5 million from USDA Rural Development for major wastewater infrastructure upgrades.
“This investment will enable major upgrades to Town’s aging wastewater system, including improvements to three pump stations,” Acting State Director Tommy R. Higgins said. “This critical project will help reduce the risk to the environment and preserve the nearby Kennebec River for the residents who enjoy it and the wildlife that depend on it for their habitat.”
The investment announced today was in the form of a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan of $2,800,000 and Grant in the amount of $2,200,000. The sewer system serves 314 households, 24 businesses and 6 public facilities in town. In the past decade, USDA Rural Development’s total investment in Maine’s water and wastewater facilities has surpassed $271.4 million invested in reliable water and wastewater systems.
USDA Rural Development has Area Offices located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston, and Scarborough, as well as a State Office, located in Bangor. The agency’s Housing, Business, and Community Programs, are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, and farmers, and improve the quality of life in rural Maine. Visit USDA Rural Development's web site at http://www.rd.usda.gov/me.