A contractor for the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works began a $1 million expansion last week of the Chesapeake Beach Waste Water Treatment Plant in Calvert County.
The expansion is part of an overall $9.8 million capital project that will provide public sewerage to about 500 properties in Rose Haven and Holland Point, Anne Arundel's southernmost communities.
"Although the residents will be customers of [Anne Arundel County's] public utilities, they will be served at the Chesapeake Beach plant through an inter-jurisdictional agreement with Calvert County and the towns of North Beach and Chesapeake Beach," the department said in announcing the start of work.
The contractor, T.C. Simons Inc. of Fallston, will install the pumps, blowers, chlorination and dechlorination equipment and pipes needed to serve the two Anne Arundel neighborhoods. The contractor is expected to complete the expansion in February.
Residents of the shoreside communities formally petitioned Anne Arundel for public sewer service in August 1990 to replace a deteriorating private system in Rose Haven and failing septic systems in Holland Point.
The County Council approved a capital project the next year. However, the project's momentum slowed while county, state and federal officials searched for a way to lower the direct cost to the residents, the department said.
The county broke ground on a local sewage collection system and force main in July 1998 after Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, 5th District Democrat, and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, helped secure a $6 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Holland Point and Rose Haven residents will absorb the remaining costs through user and connection charges.