Bangor, ME, Jun 19, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel has announced that Dexter Utility District will receive funds totaling $1.9 million through the agency’s Water and Waste Programs. 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.”
Dexter Utility District Superintendant Randy Webber said, “We are so pleased to be able to partner with USDA Rural Development on this important project. This funding will be instrumental in ensuring we can move forward and complete this project in a timely manner.”
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.
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. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in affordable loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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 69 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. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/me.