OXFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A one of its kind water treatment plant was unveiled to the public today at a grand opening celebration in Oxford.
The celebration drew a number of elected officials including Governor Paul Le Page. The 28 million dollar facility which was funding by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture, treats water without any chemicals.
The plant utilizes a state-of-the-art ultraviolet light system and fine mesh screens to sanitize wastewater before discharging to the Little Androscoggin River.
The facility is also expected to bring an economic jolt to an area trying to draw businesses around the Oxford Casino and replace companies that have closed their doors.
"The lack of infrastructure like a sewer treatment plant doesn't allow you to play with the big boys in economic development this allows us to open up our doors and say we can treat your waste water and look at our tax rate."
Governor plans to push for 50 million dollars in bonds to use to construct similar water treatment plants in the future.