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Additional Funds Flow Into Morris Mill Water Tower Project

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FRUITLAND, Md. - Colbourne Woods, a place Bruce Wilson calls home.

But 10 of his fellow residents had carbon filtration systems installed after potentially cancer-causing chemical Trichloroethylene, or TCE, was found in the groundwater back in 2012.

Fortunately for Wilson, his drinking water is safe.

"We have a deeper well than some of the other residents, but just across the street the well was affected so that little bit of fear could that happen to us," said Wilson.

On Friday, USDA Rural Development gave great news: more money flowing in to help build a new water tower in Fruitland.

The federal organization is putting in an additional $2.6 million in loans and grants, totaling $5 million just from USDA.  Add in Maryland Department of the Environment, which funded $3 million to the project, the total is now $8 million in federal and state funds.

"It's not just time, but it's investment in people's hours and dreams come true so we're changing people's lives," USDA administrator Tony Hernandez said.

According to Fruitland City Council president Lee Outen Jr., the project is slated to start this summer. First with bids on the project, then construction expected to start at the end of the year.

Eighteen months later, a new water tower is stand in the skyline, helping rid the problems for more than 270 residents in the Colbourne Woods and Morris Mill communities.
     
"They've all stepped up, jumped on board and things have actually moved a lot faster than we thought," said Wilson. "We all want water tomorrow, but 2016 we should have it."

Now, 40 homes are currently equipped with carbon filtration system. Another 18 are receiving bottled water. The city will hook all residents in the area to the water tower without annexation with hopes to have in up in 2016.

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