Rural Maine will benefit from investments in water infrastructure

The water infrastructure investments guaranteed by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act will have a transformational impact for Maine communities, especially in rural parts of the state. As one of the key groups of senators tasked with negotiating the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, senses. Susan Collins and Angus King should be commended for once again working across the aisle to enact common sense policies that benefit all Mainers.

The Infrastructure Act provides more than $22 million to upgrade Maine’s rural water and sewage systems, according to a recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to help preserve our natural resources while ensuring access to functional, efficient and effective water and wastewater systems for rural communities. The act also provides approximately $68 million to help support water infrastructure upgrades and improvements statewide as well as to treat and prevent water contamination from lead and other substances. hazards such as contamination by per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

These investments in Maine’s water infrastructure will improve the lives of rural Mainers and communities across the state while helping to protect and preserve waterways and vital water systems like China Lake and the Kennebec Water District.

Beyond water infrastructure, Maine can also expect significant investments in clean energy infrastructure and climate resilience while developing new technologies to help reduce carbon emissions in a way that will boost the community health, create jobs and strengthen the overall economy. We are truly better off thanks to the passing of the Infrastructure Act and the leadership of the Sens. Collins and King.

David Cotta

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