Higher capacity approved for water treatment plant New equipment must be installed NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

June 30, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Maryland Department of the Environment has told Carroll County that it may conditionally increase the capacity of the Hampstead Wastewater Treatment Plant to 600,000 gallons a day from 500,000 gallons, county Public Works Director Keith R. Kirschnick told the county commissioners yesterday.

Mr. Kirschnick said the increase is conditional on county agreement to install a new sludge press, sand filter and other equipment at the plant by December 1994.

If the deadline is not met, he said, the county could be liable for a fine of $100 a day.

Mr. Kirschnick said he expects the equipment to be installed at the plant next summer.

The increased capacity of the plant can be handled under its current discharge permit, Jeffrey Rein, a wastewater permit program administrator in the state Department of the Environment, said yesterday.

Carroll County has asked the state for permission to increase the plant's capacity to 900,000 gallons a day from 500,000 gallons a day, to accommodate growth in the Hampstead area.

Mr. Kirschnick said the 600,000-gallon-a-day limit is an "interim" number that will give the state more time to consider public comments on the request.

"I think they're still looking at the comments from the city and one of the citizens groups," he said.

The 900,000-gallon-a-day level reflects the maximum development allowed by the county's master plan, he said. But if the state does not eventually allow the plant to reach that capacity, "that would be the end of development" in the area.

Increasing the plant's capacity to 600,000 gallons a day will allow the construction of about 350 new homes in the area, Mr. Kirschnick said.

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