Before we all break for the “4th of July” holiday weekend, I wanted to give all our residents an update regarding the situation with the Town’s water. As most of you I hope have noticed the water for the past week or more has been clearer and every day improving thanks to the hard work of our dedicated water staff employees. The Town is in almost daily contact with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Maryland Rural Water Association (MRWA). Also, both State Senator Mary Beth Carozza and State Delegate Wayne Hartman have been in meetings that the town has had with MDE and MRWA regarding the continuing operations of the Water Treatment Plant(WTP).
The Town is working with our Town Engineers, MDE, and MRWA to review options and plans to undertake what I will call a “mini upgrade” to the WTP. It will eventually lead to preparations for a new WTP in the coming five (5) years which the Town will need to prepare for strategically and financially. As we all know, equipment and working mechanics does not last forever even when you maintain it through the years. Pittsville’s WTP is nearing 40 years and has certainly outgrown its life expectancy.
The good news is that you have a Town Commission and Town Administration that is going to engage the future and begin work now instead of passing the “problem and work” on to the next generation to handle and solve. SO, as we go through this process, your support and understanding is appreciated AND your questions are welcomed.
Our short term fix or “mini upgrade” will be close to $400,000. The new WTP will cost about $2,000,000. Of course, we do not anticipate our residents sharing the “full” burden though there will be some, as the Town will pursue every avenue and opportunity for grant and/or low interest funding. We have actually met with and anticipate working with a regional water/sewer organization that has offered its services in our behalf.
We will keep you posted as we continue this process now and in the future.
Also, please be advised that the Town will continue to provide bottled water for those in needand request it as long as the supplies last.