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Wicomico County Secures Funding for Airport Water Main Project

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SALISBURY, Md. – On Thursday, Wicomico County announced it had secured the roughly $4.5 million needed for a project connecting Salisbury city water to the Salisbury Regional Airport.

Wicomico County Director of Public Works Weston Young called the funding a significant step for what has been a priority for the county and the airport.

“What's happening now is they're having to bring in bottled water,” Weston said. “So there's expenses with that and if you go into the airport terminal, we don't have a water fountain. You have to get a plastic water bottle to get your water and we're hoping we don't have to do that anymore."

According to Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver’s office, the State Board of Public Works secured the funding for the Water Main Extension Project. Through a combination of grants and a low-interest loan, the county will receive $4,428,292 toward the project, which will build a water main that runs roughly six miles and connects from the Wor-Wic Community College water tower to the airport’s campus.

Airport Manager Dawn Veatch pointed to clean, potable water as a vital piece to the viability of the airport.

"You can't build anything over 10,000-square-feet without pressurized water,” Veatch said. So getting this water project approved; the side benefit for us is not just getting water but now we can build large buildings."

According to Young, some plans still need to be finalized with the city of Salisbury but the project has been bid out. He expects it to get underway within a few months with the aim of completing the water main project in 2021.

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