Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 14, 2000) – Western Charles County residents will soon drink from a safer, more abundant supply of water, as the Board of Public Works approved the funding of $491,750 to prepare a new well for that section of the county system.

"One of the basic functions of local government is to ensure that constituents have good, clean water to drink," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "This project will alleviate existing water quality and quantity problems in the continually growing Western Charles County section of Maryland, improving the quality of life for those residents."

The Bryans Road Well Project involves the construction of a 500 gallon per minute, deep production well that taps the Patuxent aquifer based on findings, drillings and tests conducted by the Maryland Geological Survey. The total project cost is estimated at $983,500, half of which is coming from the county. The project is expected to begin in July and be complete by March, 2003.

Chaired by Governor Glendening, the Board of Public Works also is comprised of Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and Treasurer Richard N. Dixon. The Board is empowered by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.

The Maryland Department of the Environment's primary mission is to protect and restore the quality of the State’s air, water, and land resources. The Department works to meet the State's environmental goals while fostering economic development, safe communities, and environmental education.