PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine officials say the $29.7 million they’re receiving for wastewater treatment upgrades in seven facilities is a small portion of the more than $1 billion needed for similar projects over the next 20 years.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the funding this week. Nationwide, 40 states and Puerto Rico are receiving a total of $387 million for wastewater treatment projects. The money will go to replace aging sewer mains and pumping stations.
The Maine Department of Environmental protection says despite other federal and state funds, the state still falls well short of the estimated $1 billion it needs for maintenance and upgrades.
Maine received a failing grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers in an assessment of wastewater infrastructure last year.