Governor’s Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 5, 1997) -- A project to extend water lines to serve a neighborhood in Berlin, Worcester County, with failing septic tanks will receive a significant financial boost thanks to State assistance.

The Board of Public Works today approved a $284,570 grant to extend water lines along Route 346 West to serve more than 2,600 customers who live in failing septic tank areas. Failing septic tanks pose a health risk to groundwater sources.

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

"This project is important because it will provide a source of safe drinking water to a community whose well water is threatened by failing septic systems," said Governor Glendening. "I am very pleased that this project is moving forward."

In addition to the State grant, the Town of Berlin is contributing $65,650 for a total project cost of $350,220. Construction began last month and will be completed by June 1998.

"I offer my wholehearted support for the Town of Berlin's Route 346 water and sewer project," said Maryland House Delegate K. Bennett Bozman. "Completion of this project will correct the failing septic system problem and ensure safe drinking water supply to those areas along Route 346."