City paves way for Carroll water plant expansion

February 17, 2005|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's Board of Estimates approved an agreement yesterday that will allow Carroll County to move forward with a $14 million expansion of the Freedom Water Treatment Plant in South Carroll.

The agreement was among several documents that the five-member board, which includes Mayor Martin O'Malley, approved without discussion

The city will lease Carroll County an additional 1.62 acres, for a total of 3.63 acres, off Oakland Road adjoining the 45 billion-gallon Liberty Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to more than 2 million people in the metropolitan area.

The 15-year lease, with seven 10-year renewal options and an annual fee of $1, will provide the county with land so that it can upgrade and add equipment to the plant, and eventually double the capacity.

Carroll draws an average 2.2 million gallons daily from the city-owned reservoir, raw water that the plant treats and pumps throughout South Carroll.

The agreement calls for doubling the daily allocation to an average of 4.2 million gallons after the expansion.

Sun staff writer Eric Siegel contributed to this article.

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