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Morris Mill Water Project Funded

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - The project designed to bring clean and safe water to homes in and around the Morris Mill community near Salisbury is funded and ready to move forward.

It was in late 2012 when the chemical TCE was discovered in numerous private water wells in and around the Morris Mill area.  The solution developed by Wicomico County is to hook up all of the homes in the impacted area to public water from the city of Fruitland.

Friday, the US Department of Agriculture formally announced Wicomico County will receive the final $2.6 million dollars in loans and grants needed to fund the project.  The $8 million dollar project will be put out to bid sometime this summer.

Officials from the US Department of Agriculture said a community needing a project like this one to bring clean and safe water to local residents is not out of the ordinary.

"It happens all the time.  In fact, this week alone, we announced 187 different projects, 5 of those projects happen to be in Maryland, trying to find ways to make sure people have access to good clean water.  So this is normal," said Tony Hernandez, the Administrator for the USDA Rural Development.

Once the project goes out to bid, that process should take about four to five months and then construction can begin.

"What you'll see is they will actually do the mains that will run down the road, so we will get for an entire neighborhood, the water mains in place, and then we'll go through and once the water has been tested and approved, then we'll go back and connect each house in," said Lee Beauchamp, the Director of Public Works for Wicomico County.

Along with the water lines, a new water tower will be built to help with water pressure in both the Morris Mill area and City of Fruitland.  The county has also budgeted about $1,500 for every home in the impacted region.  That money will be used to connect the water lines to each individual home.  The hope is to have the project complete by February of 2016.
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