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Federal funds aid Milo Water

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 42, October 16, 2002

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

MILO About $1.75 million in federal funding is coming to the Milo Water District to help with the replacement of several water lines and a sewer main in town.

The district has received a low-interest $325,000 loan (at 4.5 percent for 40 years) and a $275,000 grant from U.S. Rural development to replace the approximately 5,000-foot-long sewer main on Elm Street.

Also, the district is slated to receive almost $1.14 million from the state's revolving loan fund to dig up and replace several water lines throughout the town.

According to Kevin Black, superintendent of Milo Water District, the federal money will help the district catch up on maintenance on the water system, much of which was laid in 1909 with some additional work in the

Black last March applied to Rural Development for money to replace the sewer main on Elm Street, estimated to be 60 years old. The main's replacement is expected to coincide with the state Department of Transportation's reconstruction of Route 16, which, if budgeted, will begin in the summer of 2004.

Black said the work must be done at that time, because the DOT institutes a 5-year moratoriumion any road work after the state reconstructs roads.

The clay sewer line will be replaced with plastic, he said.

Black said the project is not anticipated to affect the sewer rates. "There will be no significant costs," he said.

The water district also is looking to replace "a good percentage" of the water lines in town, after receiving about $1.14 million from the state revolving loan fund. Black said that the loan will be "forgiven," as long as the district follows all state and federal rules and regulations and the median household income in town does
not increase.

The replacement of 2-inch galvanized pipes with 8-inch ducto iron pipes, most of which was laid in the 1930s and '40s, will help with water pressure, fire flows and water quality, according to Black.

The total project, slated to begin next year, is expected to cost more than $1.5 million.

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