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Middlesex receives sewer expansion grant

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MIDDLESEX — A new purchase of sewer capacity from the city of Raleigh will allow Middlesex to grow into the future.

“We realized we needed to act fast because it was our only opportunity to buy more flow,” said Middlesex Mayor Lu Harvey Lewis.

The grant for $320,000 and low-interest loan for $391,000 totals $711,000 the U.S. Department of Agriculture invested to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater in Middlesex, said Bette Brand, deputy undersecretary for USDA Rural Development.

“Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small towns and cities,” Brand said.

The town worked with federal officials to receive the grant and loan within 45 days.

“A lot of people thought we couldn’t get it done in that time, but we did,” said Lewis, thanking USDA specialist Dennis DeLong and Mack Gay Associates for help getting the deal done.

The investment will help to improve rural water infrastructure for Middlesex’s 825 residents, said Robert Hosford, the state director for USDA Rural Development.

“Middlesex is a town that will see a population growth over the next decade,” Hosford said. “This improvement to their water system will help facilitate that growth.”

The USDA is funding 76 projects nationwide through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, investing $268 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across 28 states. 

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