Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 29, 2000) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $500,000 water system improvement project for the Town of North East in Cecil County today with funds from the state’s Water Supply Financial Assistance Program.

"Safe drinking water is one of the basic essentials of life," said Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. "It is imperative that Maryland’s citizens have the best water possible."

Specific improvements will include modifications to the existing Rolling Mill and Leslie Water Treatment Plants, construction of a new raw water pumping station system, and a storage tank. This is the fourth part of an eight-phase project implemented in compliance with a Consent Agreement between the Town of North East and the Maryland Department of the Environment. The first three phases are nearly completed.

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

Chaired by Governor Parris N. 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.