Wastewater treatment grant is approved


December 31, 2006

The Maryland State Board of Public Works approved a $400,000 grant for Havre de Grace Wastewater Treatment Plant to upgrade and expand enhanced nutrient removal.

"Awarding communities like Havre de Grace Enhanced Nutrient Removal [ENR] grants assure that the wastewater treatment plant will achieve critical nutrient reductions discharged into the Chesapeake Bay," said Kendl P. Philbrick, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The ENR project will expand the treatment plant's capacity from 1.89 million to 2.3 million gallons per day. The grant will be used to plan, design and construct an ENR system to achieve a goal of 3 milligrams of total nitrogen per liter of treated water and to get the total phosphorus down to 0.3 milligrams per liter before discharging to the upper Chesapeake Bay.

Excess nutrients lead to degraded water quality, which affects the ecology of the bay and its tributaries.

The cost of the Havre de Grace project is about $38 million, of which more than $24 million is the local share.

"It was absolutely necessary that we receive this grant to make this project happen, and we thank the MDE," said Larry Parks, public works director for Havre de Grace.

Construction is expected to be finished in October 2009.

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