Hi, this is Governor Janet Mills.
You know that maintaining our water and sewer infrastructure across the state of Maine is so critical to preserving clean water, protecting public health, and reducing costs for taxpayers and ratepayers.
Untreated water can pollute our waterways, threatening the health of wildlife and the health of residents and visitors to our inland and marine waters.
Cleaning the water we use in our homes and businesses before it goes back into the environment couldn’t be more important, but it is costly.
According to the US Department of Energy, wastewater operations are typically the largest energy expense in any community, costing more than $2 billion annually nationally. Improving the equipment we use will significantly reduce those energy costs.
Recently, I was proud to announce that I am dedicating more than $22 million from my Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan, that’s federal money, to 20 wastewater treatment facilities that serve 27 communities across the state of Maine. These funds will accelerate these communities’ wastewater infrastructure improvement projects.
Over the next four years, these facilities—from Rockport and Rumford to Anson and Augusta and everywhere in between—will use these grants to repair and replace their wastewater infrastructure, improving their operations and their reliability. their elasticity and longevity.
By expediting these wastewater projects, we will create jobs, lower costs and maintain service for the communities that rely on them.
These funds are in addition to another $20 million in grant funding that I have already awarded to 13 communities across Maine to invest in a variety of local infrastructure projects and make them more resilient to the effects of climate change , such as floods, sea level rise. , and more extreme storms.
And, with more than $2.4 billion awarded to the state of Maine from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Act for drinking water and wastewater systems and other projects, these investments are just the beginning. And they couldn’t be more appropriate as we celebrate our 50thth Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, drafted, supported, passed under the tutelage of our senator, Senator Edmund S. Muskie.
This is Governor Janet Mills and thanks for listening.