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Upgrades Coming to Pittsville Water System

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The Pittsville Town Hall and Water Treatment Plant (Photo: WBOC) The Pittsville Town Hall and Water Treatment Plant (Photo: WBOC)

PITTSVILLE, Md. - A state grant will allow the town of Pittsville to make needed upgrades to the town's water treatment plant.  The goal is to eliminate the water issues that many residents of Pittsville have been plagued by for quite some time.

The Maryland Department of the Environment announced a $163,000 for Pittsville to complete the third phase of the system's upgrade.  Neighbors in town say the upgrade cannot come soon enough because of all of the water issues they have experienced. 

"You pay for your water every three months and yet you go to the store and you have to buy cases of water to drink. To me that just does not make sense. And even I give my dog bottled water," said Karen Stitley of Pittsville.

"I've lived here almost six and a half years and it's been that way for maybe the last five years or so," said Mike Fillis of Pittsville.

Many neighbors complain either about discolored water or the water having a strong odor of chlorine.  The grant money aims to eliminate those issues.  Town leaders say the money will allow them to have the outside and inside of the water tank painted to get rid of some of the rust issues in the water.  Also, two wells will be rehabilitated and cleaned and a well pump will be replaced.

Neighbors tell WBOC they are excited to hear something is being done, but now, just hope it works.

"This certainly is a huge step in the right direction, so I guess I would say I am pretty optimistic that this will help," Fillis said.  "It may not totally fix the problem but I think it's going to improve the situation quite a bit."

"It's been a long going problem and I hope they do resolve it, but who's to say? I don't know," said Stitley.

Pittsville town leaders added the upgrades to the system should not only help with water clarity issues, but work to ensure consistent adequate water pressure for town residents.

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