LIVERMORE FALLS — The Livermore Falls Water District will receive $1.6 million in a low-interest loan and grant to install new water mains along Main Street, from Bridge Street in Livermore Falls to Pineau Street in Jay.

Congressman Mike Michaud, D-Maine, announced Thursday that the district would receive a $888,000 low-interest loan and a $712,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding that is being managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

District personnel knew before the announcement that the funding was coming, District Clerk/Treasurer Cheryl Marceau said Thursday.

The Water District project is going to be done in conjunction with the Maine Department of Transportation’s reconstruction of the 1.1-mile section of Route 4, known as Main Street in both towns.

The Livermore Falls Sewer Department and the Jay Sewer Department will also be installing new sewer lines to replace ones about 100 years old. The project has been put off for several years due to lack of funding and is expected to be done in 2010.

The entire project is estimated to cost more than $7 million.

“This type of funding is essential because Maine’s water infrastructure is aging,” Michaud said in a written statement. “Many communities must begin to increase investment in the repair and replacement of water infrastructure in order to protect public safety and to maintain environmental standards. The resources made available by the stimulus package that were announced today will benefit the residents of Livermore Falls by creating jobs and making important investments in their water system.”

The funding will be administered by USDA Rural Development’s Water program. USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov.

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