CARIBOU — Maine’s senators said one of the most northeastern cities in the U.S. is getting help from the federal government to improve its essential services for residents.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King said Thursday the Caribou Utilities District has received a federal grant of $1.4 million and a federal loan of $4.2 million via the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development. The money is intended to upgrade the city’s wastewater treatment facility and collection system.

Collins and King said the funding is important to preserve water quality and public health, increase operational efficiencies at the treatment facility, and protect the surrounding environment.

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