SALISBURY, Md. - The cities of Salisbury and Fruitland are receiving $1.2 million from the Maryland Board of Public Works for wastewater treatment plant upgrades.
Salisbury got most of the grant - $1 million for design improvements to fix a previous upgrade that failed to meet pollution control standards.
Mayor Jim Ireton says once the project is completed, it should considerably improve the quality of the Wicomico river.
"It continues to reduce the phosphorus and nitrogen levels that go into the river from the wastewater treatment plant. Those levels are lower than they have ever been in the history of Salisbury, but they are not at the levels of what we paid for in the first waste water treatment plant. Now we are in the process of putting together the second wastewater treatment plant," he said.
We're told construction for the $53 million wastewater plant project will begin in the summer of 2015 and should be completed by the end of 2017.