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Winterport Water District Breaks Ground on Project 

Winterport Water district is breaking ground on a project to help protect the Penobscot River.It will replace more than a mile of sewer line to ensure that partially-treated sewage no longer reaches the river.Right now Winterport rate payers have the fourth highest sewer rates in the state.The project will cost 2-million dollars but the town will only have to come up with 250-thousand dollars.The rest will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment act and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.Winterport resident Teddy Weston says the town is extremely grateful for the federal and state help.”We all know that this needed to be done by where the money would possibly come from made this whole idea of doing it almost impossible. So all the help we’ve had has been great and it’s good for the community.”Local water rates are actually expected to go down because of all the grant money the town is getting for the project.