Board approves two grants to upgrade treatment plants


The state Board of Public Works approved two $100,000 grants yesterday to upgrade wastewater treatment facilities in Westminster and Mount Airy.

The money will be used to install biological nutrient removal systems at the two plants, and to increase the wastewater treatment capacity at the Mount Airy facility from 600,000 to 950,000 gallons a day, state officials said.

The nutrient removal projects will help the state meet its goal of achieving a 40 percent reduction in nutrients discharged into the Chesapeake Bay by 2000, Gov. Parris N. Glendening said in a statement.

The two projects will reduce the amount of nitrogen from treated wastewater that flows from the treatment plants into Little Pipe Creek and the South Branch of the Patapsco River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay, state officials said.

The cost of the Westminster Wastewater Treatment Plant project is $300,000, with the state contributing $150,000 through two grants and Carroll County contributing $150,000.

Construction is expected to begin in October and be completed by August 1998.

R. Delaine Hobbs, the Mount Airy town councilman who oversees the town's water and sewer projects, said he doesn't know the cost of the upgrade to the town's wastewater treatment plant.

"The preliminary studies aren't finished," Mr. Hobbs said. "But we're looking at a couple of million dollars worth of expenses."

Construction on the Mount Airy project is to begin in October, with completion by December 1997.

Pub Date: 3/28/96

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