Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 23, 1999) – A project to install water mains that will extend the Salisbury Water System to more than 20 customers received Board of Public Works approval today for a $500,000 grant.

"The extension of the Salisbury Water System will provide a safe source of drinking water for more than 20 residents and businesses along Route 50 that have contaminated wells," said Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. "Assuring safe drinking water is a basic public health

In addition to the State grant, Wicomico County is contributing $136,000.  Construction will begin in July and will be completed this November.

"I would like to stress the importance of the Route 50 Water Extension Project," said L. Russell Molnar, president of the Wicomico County Council.
"Numerous wells just west of the Salisbury City limits are contaminated and pose a health threat to the property owners. Considering the health, safety and welfare of these residents, funding of this project is essential."

Chaired by the Governor, 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.