Grant to help supply water to Pen Mar

November 13, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Washington County received nearly $600,000 toward a new water system that will serve about 80 homes in the Pen Mar area, according to a written statement from the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich announced Wednesday that the Board of Public Works approved a $580,000 grant for the $2.5 million system along Pen Mar Road.

The state already has given the county $497,835 toward the project through the Maryland Department of the Environment's Water Quality Infrastructure Program.

The federal government has contributed $1 million for the new system.

Washington County's share of the project is $300,000.

The new water system will include an 8-inch transmission line, a 100,000-gallon storage tank and distribution lines.

The area currently is served by wells and cisterns, Ehrlich said in the statement.

Construction is expected to begin in July and to be completed the following year, according to the statement.

"This project cuts to the very core of basic governmental services," Ehrlich said in the statement. "It provides safe and adequate drinking water ... improving the quality of life for those living there."

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