Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 19, 1999) – A project to plan, design and construct biological nutrient removal technology improvements at the Pittsville Wastewater Treatment Plant in Worcester County today received Board of Public Works approval for a $500,000 grant.

"Nutrient management at the Pittsville Wastewater Treatment Plant is essential for the success of Maryland’s efforts to achieve a 40 percent reduction in the amounts of nutrients discharged into the Chesapeake Bay by the year 2000," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "The project
is consistent with our Smart Growth initiative because it will enhance pollution controls in this existing community."

In addition to the State grant, the Town of Pittsville is contributing a matching amount. Construction will begin in June 2000 and be completed by June 2001.

"This project will reduce environmental effects on the Pocomoke River and Chesapeake Bay and eliminate site septic systems," said David A. Fitzgerald, Worcester County Commission president.

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 consulting contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.