The state Board of Public Works released $1.16 million in grants yesterday to help pay for sewage treatment plant improvements in Taneytown and Mount Airy.
The three-member board authorized Taneytown to spend $553,000 of a $1.6 million grant previously approved by the state Department of the Environment. The city has already received $865,000 of the grant.
The board released $611,000 of a $1.3 million grant for Mount Airy. Mount Airy is also borrowing $3.5 million from the state for its sewage treatment project.
The money will help pay for biological nutrient removal to keep nutrients that could stimulate the growth of algae out of streams that receive treated effluent from the plants.
Taneytown is building a 1.1 million-gallon sewage treatment plant near an existing plant on Piney Creek near Route 140. The $6.8 million project is progressing under a consent agreement with the state to replace the leaking, outdated plant.
Mount Airy is expanding its plant capacity from 600,000 to 950,000 gallons a day. The town is also reducing pollutants discharged into the South Branch of the Patapsco River.
Pub Date: 4/30/98