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New Grants Aim to Ensure Safe Water for Pittsville

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By Caitlin Cleveland

Baltimore, Md. -- The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $1 million in grants and loans in hopes to provide safe drinking water and alleviate problems with water pollution.

Maryland Department of the Environment officials say one of the two funded projects will help the Wicomico County town of Pittsville.

A grant of $163,000 will help to upgrade the Pittsville Water Treatment Plant. This project is the third phase of an ongoing upgrade. It will include repairs to a 200,000-gallon water storage tower, cleaning and testing of two existing wells, and a well pump replacement.

The improvements aim to restore water capacity and guarantee that safe drinking water will be in constant supply in Pittsville.

“These are smart investments and great news for Maryland communities and citizens of the Chesapeake Bay region,” says Ben Grumbles, MDE secretary. “Ensuring reliable drinking water in Wicomico County […] will help us to green and grow the state’s economy and lead in the race to protect and restore Chesapeake Bay watersheds.”

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