Water project to cost $2.7 million

October 07, 1997


Staff Writer

KEEDYSVILLE - A new water system to serve Keedysville and Boonsboro will cost about $2.7 million, but officials are not saying exactly how the project will be financed.

The state has given local officials a $1.3 million grant to help pay for the new plant, Mayor Ralph B. Taylor said Monday night.

Taylor said it's premature to discuss how the rest of it will be paid.

"Don't get into that," said Taylor.

All customers will pay a "uniform rate," but that figure has not been set, Taylor said.

The project follows recent difficulty of providing water to the town of Boonsboro. Although Boonsboro has several water sources of its own, it also relies on Keedysville's system.


However, Keedysville has had trouble pumping enough water to Boonsboro, officials said. The new proposal to link the water systems of the two towns would increase water flow, officials said.

Officials from the two towns signed an agreement for the new water system Monday, Taylor said.

Under the agreement, the regional water system would be overseen by five people, Taylor said. Taylor and Assistant Mayor Kenneth Brandenburg will represent Keedysville and Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. and Kevin Chambers will represent Boonsboro, Taylor said. There will also be a fifth person who will not be a customer of the system, Taylor said.

Construction is expected to begin in February and completion is expected the following year, Taylor said.

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