Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water and the Chesapeake Bay

Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water and the Chesapeake Bay

Grants will reduce pollution and energy consumption



BALTIMORE (Feb. 10, 2021) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $800,000 in grants today to reduce pollution and save energy. The board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford chaired today’s meeting.

“These are smart investments to protect public health and the environment while saving money and energy in Maryland communities,” said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “These projects will help us to green and grow the state’s economy and lead in the race to protect and restore Chesapeake Bay watersheds.”



The following projects were approved today:



Pittsville Water Treatment Plant renewable energy solar project – Wicomico County


A $653,630 Energy Water Infrastructure Program grant to the Town of Pittsville will help fund the construction of a solar panel system to generate renewable energy and save electrical costs at the Pittsville Water Treatment Plant. The project is consistent with the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act’s statewide goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.



Martingham distribution pump replacement project – Talbot County

A $157,087 Energy Water Infrastructure Program grant to Martingham Utilities Cooperative will help fund the replacement of water distribution pumps at the cooperative’s water treatment plant. The existing pumps operate 24 hours a day to maintain pressure in the distribution system, leading to high energy demand. New energy efficient pumps with variable frequency drives and a pressure tank will enable the pumps to shut off intermittently while meeting the community’s water demands. This project is consistent with the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act’s statewide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.



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