Water project grants due

June 13, 2008

The state Board of Public Works approved more than $1 million in grants yesterday for projects in Harford and Cecil counties that will improve water quality and supply in both jurisdictions, officials said.

Harford will receive $490,000 to augment wastewater treatment in an area of Joppa where private septic systems are failing and causing public health and safety risks. Extending public lines into the Oaklyn Manor area at the southern end of the county will provide for better treatment and reduce nutrient pollution, officials said. The project includes a new wastewater collection system that will serve several low-income residences in the area.

Cecil County will use a $546,211 grant to upgrade its Perryville Wastewater Treatment Plant, which processes about 1.6 million gallons of sewage daily. The project includes funds for design and construction of nutrient removal systems at the plant.

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