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State helps with water, sewer funds

February 10, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

Washington County will get $650,000 through two state grants approved Wednesday to help with water and sewer improvements.

A $500,000 grant will pay for a sewer line that will allow the county and the City of Hagerstown to accept waste water from customers along the Interstate 70 corridor.

Under the plan, waste from properties south of Oak Ridge Drive along Sharpsburg Pike would go to the county's Conococheague Industrial Pretreatment Facility instead of to Hagerstown's treatment plant. The project is to begin by May and be completed by the end of September.

It will affect 111 residential households and 20 commercial properties with a capacity for 432 residential households and 288 commercial properties, according to Washington County Water and Sewer Department Director Greg Murray and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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"The project reflects the type of a sound regional approach that makes the best use of our existing wastewater treatment capacity," Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said in a prepared statement.

"It also is consistent with our Smart Growth policies because it will help to direct development to the City of Hagerstown and other existing communities in Washington County," Townsend said.

Townsend chaired Wednesday's meeting of the Maryland Board of Public Works, sitting in for Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

The three-member board, which includes Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and Treasurer Richard N. Dixon, approves items including major construction contracts and property transactions.

The county also will get a $150,000 grant toward providing more storage capacity for the southern Washington County community of Elkridge during water emergencies.

The lack of a reserve has been an ongoing problem in the community where the water supply can be drained after four or five people wash their cars, Murray said.

The community between Sharpsburg and Sandy Hook has two underground water storage tanks that provide 6,000 gallons of storage capacity, while the community of 29 households uses 5,800 gallons a day on average, according to Murray and the environmental department.

A new backup storage tank will cost $175,000 with $25,000 funded by Washington County, Murray said.

That project also is expected to start by May and be complete by the end of September.

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