Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 1, 2005) – Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced Board of Public Works approval today of a $612,500 grant for the Jonestown/Nelpine Heights community in Caroline County to assist in the installation of a water distribution system. The Board is comprised of Governor Ehrlich, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller William D. Schaefer.

“This project cuts to the core of basic governmental services,” Governor Ehrlich said. “It provides safe and adequate drinking water to those living and working in an area currently served by contaminated private wells, which often leads to shortages.”

A new water supply system, including construction of wells, treatment and distribution components, will serve approximately 250 customers.

“Caroline County would like to express our great appreciation for this invaluable assistance,” said Caroline County Commissioners President John W. Cole. “Without the Maryland Department of the Environment’s resources and expertise, this project would not be possible. We look forward to the day when the system is operational.”

Total cost of the system is roughly $700,000, of which $87,500 is the local jurisdiction’s share. The state funding will come through the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality Infrastructure Program.

Initial construction began in March with the project reaching its completion in late October.