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March 6, 2013

Board of Public Works OKs three major local projects

Westernport in line to receive $4 million in grant/loan package for water-related work

CUMBERLAND — Three major projects in Allegany County were approved Wed-nesday by the Maryland Board of Public Works for funding through the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Westernport will receive nearly $4 million in grant and loan funding for two water projects.

The water meter replacement project will benefit from a $638,750 loan and a $1,076,250 grant in the form of loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund. New water meters will be installed for the town’s entire water distribution system. Half of the town’s customers do not have meters and the existing meters are aging and deteriorating, leading to inaccurate measurements, according to the MDE.

Another $196,000 loan and $823,000 grant from the loan fund and $546,974 in grants from the Water Supply Financial Assistance Program will help fund phase 1 of the water distribution system improvements project.

The project includes installation of water meters, storage tanks, booster pumps and other ancillary equipment, which will help protect public health and conserve drinking water.

Frostburg’s funding totals $638,975 for a combined sewer overflow elimination project on Paul Street.

The $84,000 loan and $470,000 grant from the loan fund  will be supplemented by $84,075 in Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Project Funds grants. The project consists of the planning, design and construction of gravity sewer and stormwater lines to prevent sewer overflows in the Paul Street area.

The Board of Public Works, composed of Gov. Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, approved more than $16 million in funding throughout the state.

“Projects such as these are an important part of our effort to improve Maryland waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay,” O’Malley said.

“These projects reduce pollution and protect the environment and public health while creating jobs for more Marylanders.”

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