Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 4, 2007) – Governor Martin O’Malley announced yesterday Board of Public Works approval of a $200,000 grant for the Patuxent Park area wastewater collection system in St. Mary’s County. The Board is comprised of Governor O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“This project will benefit the general health of Lexington Park residents and provide for a reliable, high quality drinking water supply,” said Secretary Shari T. Wilson. “The state takes pride in doing what we can to meet the needs of this community’s water distribution system.”

The proposed project involves rehabilitation of a substantial portion of the Patuxent Park area wastewater collection system in St. Mary’s County, which will include repairing and/or replacing defective sewer lines and manholes. The project is intended to remove major sources of infiltration and inflow in the area’s wastewater collection system.

“I am pleased that the Maryland Department of the Environment has assisted the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission with funding for the Patuxent Park Sewer improvement project,” said Director Steven L. King. “By eliminating a severe inflow and infiltration problem, the leaching of untreated sewage directly into the groundwater will be curtailed.”

The total cost of the project is nearly $489,000. Construction will begin in March and the project has an estimated September 2007 completion date.