Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 11, 2008) – The Maryland Board of Public Works today approved over $1.9 million in grants for capital construction projects to improve water quality and water supply in Allegany County. The Board is comprised of Governor Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“The approval of these grants will greatly benefit the citizens of Allegany County,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Providing better sources for water supply and maintaining aging infrastructure are critical to public health and water resources protection.”

“Combined, these grants will help Allegany County address significant water supply and water treatment challenges,” said Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Shari T. Wilson. “These projects are basic yet crucial."

Bowman’s Addition Water Project Phase I

The Board approved a $148,000 grant increase to provide dependable drinking water to approximately 150 existing residences and businesses in the Bowman’s Addition area. Most of the Bowman’s Addition customers are either connected to wells or a system provided by a private water company that offers little maintenance, and wishes to end its operation. This project will connect to the City of Cumberland’s water distribution system.

Clarysville Water Project

The Board approved a $100,000 grant increase to provide a safe and reliable source of drinking water to the residences and commercial establishments of the Clarysville area of Allegany County by connecting them to the Eckhart water system, which is supplied by Frostburg. Most of the existing customers are currently served by wells and a spring that has run dry in the past.

Frostburg CSO Elimination Phase V-A&B

The Board approved a $650,443 new grant to the City of Frostburg to upgrade the combined sewer system. This project is a component of the City of Frostburg’s Long-Term Control Plan for eliminating combined sewer overflows. It involves improvements to the existing sanitary and combined sewer infrastructure. Specifically, the project consists of the planning, design, and construction of supplemental gravity and pressure and sewers, replacement and rehabilitation of sewer lines, upgrades to existing pumping stations, and other related improvements to prevent the occurrence of combined sewer overflows.

Ridgedale Reservoir Replacement

The Board approved a $1,060,521 new grant to the City of Cumberland to upgrade the City’s water supply. This project involves the replacement of an existing reservoir, built in 1917, with a new concrete tank. Presently, the cover and liner are in a deteriorated condition. The hydraulic grade line of the reservoir is too low, thus causing operational difficulties. The project also includes replacement of outflow metering system, the adjacent booster station, and other related systems serving the reservoir.