Maine receives $29.7 million in Earth Day funding

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's being called the biggest Earth Day investment for rural water and waste water treatment across the country. Maine got a big piece of the pie.

$29.7 million in government money is being given out to seven waste water facilities throughout the state, which is the 4th highest investment made across the country on Tuesday. One recipient is in the town of Hartland

Their waste water treatment facility received 2$.6 million dollars which will help continue a project that they've been working on for almost two years that will benefit the future of the environment.

About 40 kids spent their second day of spring vacation at the waste water facility today helping to clean around the Sebasticook river and tour the facility. Interim town manager Chris Littlefield says a big chunk of that $2.6 million will go towards improving the lagoons and their aeration system that will provide cleaner water and cut down on energy usage.

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel says this community effort will help prove the towns economy.


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