The city of Bath will receive a $2.3 million federal grant and a $6.5 million government loan to upgrade its wastewater management system.

Maine’s U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced the financing Tuesday. Bath’s wastewater treatment facility was constructed in 1971 and is overdue for routine repairs, upgrades and maintenance, they said.

“These funds will allow the City of Bath to update critical infrastructure and improve the quality of life for the city’s residents,” Collins and King said in a joint written statement. “The upgrades for Bath’s wastewater system will reduce individual maintenance costs for more than 3,000 residents and increase overall system efficiency, ensuring that the people of Bath have infrastructure they can rely on for years to come.”

The rural development grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, while the loan comes from a water and waste disposal direct loan program.

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