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July 25, 2013

Lonaconing, Bedford Road areas receive funding for water, sewer projects

Board of Public Works action also provides Program Open Space money to Oakland

CUMBERLAND — The Lonaconing and Bedford Road areas are included in funding approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday to upgrade sewage treatment plants, improve drinking water systems and prevent sewage overflows.

The board is composed of Gov. Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“Projects such as these are an important part of our effort to improve Maryland waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay, and provide quality drinking water to our citizens,” said O’Malley. “These projects reduce pollution and protect the environment and public health while creating jobs for more Marylanders.”

The Koontz Source Water Storage Facility project in Lonaconing will benefit from a $187,500 loan and a $1.312 million grant. The Koontz Reservoir will be replaced with a new raw water tank. The dam, which is more than 100 years old, is in danger of failure. The project also includes pipelines, stream restoration and ancillary facilities necessary to convey raw water to the water treatment plant.

Allegany County will receive an $87,500 grant, an $875,000 grant and a $137,500 loan for the Bedford Road Sanitary Sewer Rehab Phase 3 project. The project will rehabilitate the Bedford Road sanitary sewer system by repairing and replacing manholes and sewer lines and upgrading a wastewater pumping station.

The board also approved $50,000 in Program Open Space money for the town of Oakland to replace the comfort station, picnic tables and grills at the Broadford Recreation Area.

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