Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 12, 2003) – Governor Robert L. Ehrlich announced Board of Public Works approval today of a $580,000 grant for Washington County to assist in the installation of a water distribution system along Pen Mar Road.

“This project cuts to the very core of basic governmental services,” Governor Ehrlich said. “It provides safe and adequate drinking water to an area currently served by wells and cisterns, improving the quality of life for those living there.”

A new water distribution system, including construction of an 8-inch transmission line, a 100,00 gallon storage tank and distribution lines, will serve approximately 80 customers. County leaders also note that development of the system will provide fire protection for the area.

Total cost of the system will be $2.5 million, of which $300,000 is the local jurisdiction’s share. The remainder will be composed of future state funding and a federal contribution. The state previously contributed $497,835 to the project through the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality Infrastructure Program.

Initial construction is expected to begin next July with the project reaching completion roughly a year later.