Press Release

July 13, 2021
Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $575,000 to Upgrade Wastewater Infrastructure in Garrett County

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $575,000 in federal funding to upgrade the Grantsville sewer system in Garrett County.

“Upgrading our water and wastewater infrastructure, particularly our local sewer systems like Grantsville’s, will have a lasting impact on the health and safety of our communities,” said Senator Cardin, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation Infrastructure. “I look forward to working with the Western Maryland delegation to securing additional funding to repair and restore the integrity of our rural infrastructure.”      

“Maryland’s economic growth depends on modernizing our infrastructure, including our water and sewer systems. These funds will provide resources to make needed improvements to the Grantsville system. Upgrades like these are crucial to spurring further economic opportunity in Garrett County and the Town of Grantsville. We will keep working in Congress to secure federal investments for critical infrastructure projects that move Maryland forward,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Appropriations Committee.

“Investing in our sewer systems is not only an infrastructure issue but a public safety one as well,” said Congressman David Trone. “This money will improve the efficiency of the Grantsville sewer system, ensuring residents never have to worry about problems caused by faulty water or waste disposal.”

The Town of Grantsville was awarded $575,000 in federal grant money and received an additional $300,000 in research funding from the Water and Environmental Programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Grant funding comes from USDA Rural Development, as a part of the Water & Waste Disposal Loans & Grants Program, and will support managing and monitoring water and sewer flow, particularly after extreme weather events.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funds economic development and social services in rural communities across the country. Rural Development initiatives support essential services and infrastructure improvements.