Board of Public Works Approves Water Quality Infrastructure Funding

The Board of Public Works has approved funding for several water infrastructure upgrades across nine jurisdictions.

During its video conference meeting yesterday the Board of Public Works approved several funding allocations from state sources such as the Water Quality State Revolving Loan Fund, the Mining Remediation Program, the Energy Water Infrastructure Program and the Bay Restoration Fund. The approvals total over $70 million dollars and will go to projects such as upgrades to wastewater treatment plants and drinking water systems, stream water quality improvements, and construction of underground storage tanks. In a press release the Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles praised the approvals.

From the press release:

“There’s no greater way to celebrate Earth Day than to protect public health and prevent water pollution in Maryland communities and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “We are providing significant funding to Baltimore City and Baltimore County to build underground storage tanks to replace open-air drinking water reservoirs at Druid Lake and Lake Ashburton. These projects will secure and protect the largest supplies of drinking water serving the Baltimore region. We green and grow the state’s economy when we invest in environmental infrastructure and renewable energy.”

The following projects were approved:

Druid Lake and Ashburton Reservoir finished water tanks projects – Baltimore City and Baltimore County

Funding of more than $71.7 million will help fund the design and construction of underground finished water storage tanks at Druid Lake and Lake Ashburton in Baltimore.

Federalsburg Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade to Conserve Energy project – Caroline County

A $1,818,993 Energy Water Infrastructure Program grant to the Town of Federalsburg will help fund a project that includes the construction of a solar panel system to generate renewable energy for the operation of the Federalsburg Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Chesapeake Heights/Dares Beach Well & Water Main Extension project — Calvert County

Funding of $1,795,998 – a $1,700,998 Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund loan and a $95,000 Energy Water Infrastructure Program grant, both to Calvert County – will fund the installation of a new production well, a pump station and a water treatment system adjacent to the Chesapeake Heights Well and Water Tower.

Trout Run/Oakland Wastewater Treatment Plant Regionalization project – Garrett County

A $1,621,035 Bay Restoration Fund grant to the Garrett County Sanitary District will fund the planning and design of a project to convey wastewater from the Trout Run Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Oakland Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will be upgraded to achieve Enhanced Nutrient Removal levels at the combined plants’ capacities of 1.8 million gallons per day.

Perryville Wastewater Treatment Plant Enhanced Nutrient Removal Refinement project – Cecil County

A $330,493 Bay Restoration Fund to the Town of Perryville will help fund the design of improvements to the Perryville Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is an Enhanced Nutrient Removal facility.

Mt. Hermon Road Sewer Extension – Wicomico County

Funding of $120,000 – a $90,000 Water Quality State Revolving Loan Fund loan and a $30,000 grant in the form of loan forgiveness, both to the City of Salisbury, will help fund the design and construction of sewer service for two properties in Salisbury with leaking septic systems.

Town of Manchester Wastewater Treatment Plant Enhanced Nutrient Removal Upgrade project – Carroll County

A $105,575 Bay Restoration Fund grant to the Town of Manchester will fund the planning for an Enhanced Nutrient Removal upgrade of the Manchester Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Jennings Run Lime Doser project – Allegany County

Mining Remediation Program grants of $75,000 to Tetra Tech, Inc., will help fund the design, construction and operation of a lime doser on a tributary in the Jennings Run to improve the pH of the stream.

Useful Links:

Board of Public Works

MDE Press Release