Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 23, 2007) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works approval of a $450,000 Water Supply Financial Assistance Program grant for the Town of Willards to construct a new water treatment plant. The Board is comprised of Governor Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“We have an obligation to future generations to provide a reliable, high quality drinking water supply,” said Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Shari T. Wilson. “The State takes pride in doing what we can to meet the needs of this community’s drinking water treatment system to protect public health.”

“On behalf of the Town of Willards, we would like to thank you for the Cost-Share Grant awarded to the Town of Willards, ”said Steven E. Warren, council president for the Town of Willards. “We understand that this is not awarded on a regular basis and we deeply appreciate considering the Town of Willards for this grant.”

The construction of a new 0.2 million gallons per day water treatment plant includes buildings, treatment equipment and related amenities. The project will serve more than 900 residents. Construction is expected to begin in June, 2007, and the project has an estimated May, 2008, completion date.