Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 15, 2007)– Governor Martin O’Malley announced yesterday Board of Public Works approval of a $100,000 grant for the Edesville elevated water storage tank in Kent County. The Board is comprised of Governor O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“Safe, abundant water is essential to the life and health of Marylanders” said Acting Secretary Shari T. Wilson. “The state takes pride in doing what we can to meet the needs of this community’s water distribution system.”

This project consists of construction of a new 100,000-gallon elevated water storage tank and associated water transmission main to replace an existing aged water tank. This tank will provide adequate fire protection and pressure requirements in the distribution system. This project is necessary to provide adequate pressure in the water distribution system. The proposed project will improve fire flow capability in the existing water system and increase overall storage capacity.

“Through joint funding support from Maryland Department of the Environment and Rural Utilities Service the new elevated water storage tank will provide increased drinking water pressure and provide adequate fire protection to residences,” said Kent County Department of Water and Wastewater Services Director Wayne L. Morris. “The Maryland Department of the Environment’s grant will help bring this project to fruition while keeping cost affordable to the users of the system.”

The total cost of the project is nearly $1.1 million. Construction began in January and the project has an estimated September 2007 completion date.