Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 29, 2001) – Governor Parris N. Glendening today announced Maryland Board of Public Works approval of a $650,000 grant for Washington County to make improvements to its sewer system.

“This construction project will more evenly distribute waste water flows between the city and county,” Governor Glendening said. “It will give the waste water treatment plants in that area the needed flexibility to help avoid future overflows and protect the health of area residents.”

Having the option to divert the waste material between treatment facilities is significant since wastewater systems in that area are plagued by continual combined sewer overflows.

The funding, from the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality Infrastructure Program, will lead to the design and construction of an interconnection sewer to convey waste water from the east side of Interstate 81 to the west side in the Newgate area of the county, and eventually to the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant in Hagerstown. Installation of the 10-inch, 3,000-foot gravity sewer will include all associated manholes and appurtenances to make the system operational.

Total cost of the project is approximately $775,000.