Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 29, 2001) – Governor Parris N. Glendening today announced Maryland Board of Public Works approval of a $170,819 grant for Harford County to continue with much needed improvements to the North East Water System.

“The State has made a commitment to help Maryland’s municipalities, such as North East, address any issues in a water system,” said Governor Parris N. Glendening. “This project in North East will not only replace an outdated water system but improve the efficiency of the system serving other residents of Harford County at the same time.”

The project, which is part of the town’s eight-phase water system improvement project, consists of modifications to the city’s existing Rollin Mill and Leslie water treatment plants as well as the construction of a new water pumping station system and storage tank with a booster station.

“This project will greatly increase the safety and reliability of the public water supply and will eliminate the discharge of treated water waste to the environment,” said Town of North East Administrator Melissa B. Cook-Mackenzie.

The total cost of project phases four to eight is $6.7 million, of which more than $4.4 million is the local share. North East was previously awarded a $570,000 grant, from the Maryland Department of the Environment administered program, bringing the state’s total participation to $740,819. Construction is expected to begin in November and be complete by June 2002.