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Loan program could boost water project

December 04, 1997

A recently created state loan program could help the towns of Boonsboro and Keedysville finance their $3.1 million joint water system, officials announced Thursday.

The Maryland Department of Environment may loan the towns up to $1.6 million, agency spokesman Quentin Banks said.

The money would come out of a $17.6 million revolving loan fund to help public water systems across the state finance upgrades. The fund was started by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he said.

The department of environment has already pledged a $1.5 million grant, said Boonsboro Councilman Kevin Chambers, who also chairs the town's utilities commission.

Construction could begin as soon as this spring on two new filtration plants, one near Boonsboro Park and the other near Keedysville Spring, he said.

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The project will also put water meters in Keedysville and build a 12-inch water main between the southern Washington County towns.

The new water system should increase water flow from 145 gallons per minute to 300 gallons per minute.

State officials had put pressure on the towns to merge their water systems to comply with rules on water filtration.

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