Mills Administration Awards $22 M to 20 Wastewater Facilities to Improve Wastewater Infrastrucutre


Governor Janet T. Mills Addressed the Governors at the National Governors Association Annual Summer Meeting at the Holiday by the Inn, Portland, Earlier This Month.

Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the first woman Governor of Maine and the state’s first woman AG, announced yesterday that she is awarding $22 million to twenty wastewater treatment facilities serving 27 communities across Maine to accelerate vital wastewater infrastructure projects.

They are:  Anson-Madison Sanitary District, Biddeford, Greater Augusta Utility District, Calais, Ellsworth, Eage Lake, Hartland, Houlton Water Co., Livermore Falls, Loring Developmet Authority, Mapleton Sewer District, Millinocket, Old Town, Pittsfield, Rockport, Rumford-Mexoci, Stonington Sanitary District, Van Buren, Machias, and  Winterport Water District

“Maintaining our water and sewer infrastructure across the state of Maine is critical to preserving our clean water, to protecting public health and to reducing costs for taxpayers,” said Governor Mills in a press release issued by her office yesterday.  “These new grants will help water and sewer districts across the state speed up maintenance projects for the next four years, creating jobs, cutting costs and preserving service for the communities that rely on them.”

Governor Mills announced the one-time grants administered by the Maine Departmet of Environmental Protection, in the Rumford Town Hall.  The Rumford-Mexico Sewage District was awarded a $1 million grant to make significant improvements to its wastewater treatment facility.  Upgrades to the facility will preserve service to the communities of Rumford, Mexico and Dixfield, and while also reducing discharges into the Androscoggin River.

“These funds will ensure that the District is able to help protect the Androscoggin River watershed and provide affordable and relilable wastewaer services to the residents and businesses of the Rumford, Mexico andDixfield communities well into the future,” said  Roland M. Arsenault, Superintendent of the Rumford/Mexico Sewage District.