Allegany Receives Grants for Three Local Water Projects

Maryland’s Board of Public Works approved more than $92 million in grants Wednesday to projects designed to reduce pollution and improve water quality. Three projects in Allegany County were among the funding recipients.

Cumberland Times-News reports,

Frostburg will receive a Bay Restoration Fund grant of more than $2.1 million for the next phase of its effort to separate combined sewers and reduce the frequency and volume of combined sewer overflows during wet weather. The next phase of the project includes installation of new sewers and storm drains to separate combined sewers along Grant Street.

The project will reduce wet-weather sewage flows to downstream sewage treatment facilities in Allegany County, LaVale and Cumberland, and it will reduce combined sewer overflows to Georges Creek, the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay, officials said.

A $150,000 grant in the form of forgiveness of a Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund loan to Allegany County, along with a second $150,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund loan, will help fund the Prince Albert/Sunnyside Water Project near Mount Savage.

The project includes the design and construction of water lines, valves and fire hydrants to extend public water service from Allegany County’s Mount Savage Water System to the Prince Albert/Sunnyside community, where residents have experienced problems with their private wells and have asked the county to extend public water service. The new extensions will provide safe and reliable drinking water and fire protection, officials said.

A $137,500 Water Supply Financial Assistance grant to Allegany County will help fund the Pond Circle Road Project.

The project entails the extension of public water service from Allegany County’s Carlos/Shaft/Klondike Water District to about 20 residential units in the Pond Circle Road area. The project will provide clean, reliable drinking water and fire protection to the area, officials said.

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