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Maryland gets $1.3 million EPA grant for safe drinking water

Release Date: 2/17/2000
Contact Information: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567

Roy Seneca, 215-814-5567

PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1,340,200 to Maryland to protect drinking water supplies. Maryland will contribute a $446,733 matching share.

The grant goes to the Maryland Department of Environment’s public water system supervision program to:

    Help implement drinking water regulations that promote the consumers’ right-to-know about the quality of their drinking water;
    Increase protection against microbial and other contaminants;
    Update their computer database system; and
    Provide technical assistance to small, financially challenged public water systems.
    "This funding supports the state in many ways, but the citizens of Maryland will benefit the most by having safe water to drink and by having information about the quality of their drinking water at their fingertips," said Bradley Campbell, regional administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region.

    The federal money is from EPA’s public water system supervision grant and will help the public water systems comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The fund helps ensure the nation’s drinking water supplies remain safe and are properly operated and maintained. Maryland receives a grant every year.