Gov. Mills visits Bangor to highlight proposed investment in water infrastructure

Gov. Janet Mills
Gov. Janet Mills(WABI)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:32 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Gov. Janet Mills paid a visit to Bangor Wednesday to highlight investments to upgrade drinking and wastewater infrastructure across the state.

It’s part of her Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan.

Mills is proposing a $50 million investment with $25 million dedicated to drinking water and the other half to the State Municipal Wastewater Grant Program.

She says many municipal water systems across Maine are outdated, deteriorating and in need of repairs and replacement.

”Clean water is a precious gift we too often take for granted, but it’s critical. It’s critical to keep Maine people in our communities all healthy. It’s critical for a strong business environment and the diverse industries across our economy, from agriculture and aquaculture to manufacturing and farming and tourism and recreation. Even brewing beer, we need good water,” Mills said

Mills says the funds would be awarded on a competitive basis, focused on improvements to water treatment plants, storage reservoirs, pipe distribution systems, and other sources of water.

The legislature held a public hearing Tuesday regarding state fiscal recovery funds.

A link to that meeting can be found here.

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