$100,000 State Grant Aims to Provide Arsenic-Free Water to Hollywood Residents


BALTIMORE (April 2, 2009) - The Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) on Wednesday approved $180,000 in grants state-wide to reduce nitrogen from septic systems and improve drinking water supplies to protect public health. $100,000 of that amount is destined for St. Mary's County for "Hollywood Well Arsenic Remediation."

The $100,000 grant will connect the existing Hollywood drinking water system to the greater Lexington Park water system through the St. Mary’s Industrial Park, allowing the existing well to be taken off line. The Hollywood water service area is supplied by a well that consistently exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency’s Maximum Contaminant Level for arsenic.

The BPW is comprised of Governor Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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