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Weekly construction update for the new force main capital project from the Mayo sewer service area to the Annapolis Water Reclamation Facility.  Click here for the update.
The Sands Road Bridge over Wilson Owens Capital Project update for Fall 2015 is now posted on DPW's Highlighted Capital Project page.
DPW at the 63rd Annual Anne Arundel County Fair

Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works Employee

Bureaus of Engineering, Highways, Utility Operations, and Waste Management Services

WHAT: DPW Exhibit Tent, Children's Touch-a-Truck Day, and other outreach activities at the Anne Arundel County Fair.

Anne Arundel County Fair

September 16-20, 2015


Children's Touch-a-Truck Day (by County Fair invitation only)

Pre-school-Elementary Age Groups can apply at

Friday, September 18, 2015

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds

1450 General's Highway

Crownsville, Maryland 21032

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) will again showcase the many programs, services, people, projects, and specialized equipment that provide essential and emergency services to County residents during the 63rd annual Anne Arundel County Fair.  DPW employees will interact with fairgoers, provide information, and answer questions about public works services at DPW's exhibit tent.  The DPW exhibit tent will include an up close look at a Bureau of Highways Dump Truck, educational displays, giveaways, and informational materials about the vital role public works plays in our everyday lives.  


DPW employees will also showcase many of the specialized vehicles (list below) used to provide essential and emergency services during the Fair's Touch-a-Truck Children's Day Event on September 18.  Children will have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at these heavy duty vehicles from behind the steering wheel. 

Children's Day DPW Touch-a-Truck Event
DPW Highways Dump Truck
DPW Utilities Backhoe
DPW Utilities TV Truck 
DPW Utilities Vactor Truck
DPW Traffic Paint Truck
DPW Traffic Bucket Truck
DPW Waste Management Services Roll Off A-Frame
DPW Waste Management Bulk Metal Truck


Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works crews are currently working to repair a water main break near Skippers Row on Gibson Island.  Approximately 250 residents will experience a temporary water service interruption until repairs are completed.  DPW officials anticipate the repairs to be completed by 4:30 p.m.


A Gibson Island water main has been repaired by DPW crews.  All water service interruptions should be restored within the hour as water makes its way back into the system.  


Annapolis, Maryland (July 20, 2015) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved $410,000 in grant funding to Anne Arundel County for successfully achieving the pollutant reducing goals of the Bay Restoration Fund Act at the Patuxent, Broadneck, and Maryland City Water Reclamation Facilities (WRF).  The operating and maintenance grants for Fiscal Year 2016 are awarded to jurisdictions that have completed capital projects to implement enhanced nutrient removal technology and have reduce the amount of Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorous discharged to waterways following the wastewater treatment process. 


The Maryland Department of Environment allocates up to 10% of the annual Bay Restoration Fund revenue to wastewater treatment plants meeting the Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) threshold for pollutant load removal.  ENR technology provides WRFs the capability to reduce the total nitrogen discharge concentration to our waterways by 80% and the total phosphorous levels by 80%.  Upgrade capital projects continue at the County’s other four WRFs.  DPW anticipates all ENR upgrades to be completed by January 2017. 


“The operating grant funding starts to show a return on the County’s capital investment to upgrade our wastewater treatment infrastructure and reduce the amount of harmful pollutants reaching our waterways,” said Department of Public Works Director Christopher Phipps.  “These grants will subsidize some of the increased operating costs required to run this advanced technology to achieve unprecedented pollutant removal rates.  This could not have been achieved without the coordinated and dedicated efforts of our plant operators and project engineers.”


The Maryland Bay Restoration Fund was signed into law on May 26, 2004 to create a dedicated fund, financed by wastewater treatment plant users, to upgrade treatment plants in the state with ENR technology.  





Anne Arundel County Earns National Award for Wastewater Treatment Excellence


Annapolis (July 14, 2015) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works Bureau of Utility Operations (BUO) recently received two National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Platinum Peak Performance Awards for continued wastewater treatment excellence at the Broadwater and Broadneck Water Reclamation Facilities (WRF).  TheNACWA Peak Performance Platinum Award recognizes treatment plants that have at least five consecutive calendar years without a single National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit violation.


The Platinum Peak Performance Award for the Broadwater WRF reflects 18 consecutive years of 100% NPDES permit compliance.  The Broadneck WRF received Platinum Award status in each of the last three years and has had no NPDESpermit violations for seven consecutive years. 


"This award recognizes the important work DPW does each day to make our county the best place to live, work, and start a business in Maryland,” said County Executive Steve Schuh.


“To be nationally recognized with this award honors the outstanding work our wastewater treatment operators, plant managers, and engineers do each day to protect the environment and public safety,” said DPW Director Chris Phipps.  “Our remarkable NPDES permit compliance record is due to the high standards, work ethic, and dedication of these talented employees.”


The 2015 NACWA’s Peak Performance Awards Program recognizes water reclamation facilities for excellence inwastewater treatment as measured by their compliance with their NPDES permit requirements in the 2014 calendar year.  Treatment facilities of all sizes that are publicly-owned by a current NACWA member agency and operate under a Federal or state equivalent NPDES permit, an underground injection control permit, or a state control mechanism that regulates effluent quality and reuse of reclaimed flows are eligible.  




The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works is working to repair a water main leak in a remote area near the Patuxent River in the Russett area.  DPW officials estimate that residents in the 20724 zip code will be without water service for the next 10 to 12 hours.

Temporary water fill stations will be set up.  Exact locations will be released shortly.


Department of Public Works contractors continue work to repair a broken water main in Russett and restore water service to customers in the 20724 zip code.  The water service interruption is expected to last until approximately 7 p.m.  


The 20-inch water main break occurred early this morning in three 20 foot segments and was caused by erosion along the Little Patuxent River bank. The erosion washed away the protective soils around the pipe and exposing it to damage. 


Water fill stations are located in the most convenient area with available water access.  The stations will remain in operation at the following locations: 



7807 Brock Bridge Road

Jessup , Maryland 20794


Home Depot

210 Fort Meade Road

Laurel, Maryland 20724


The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), a neighboring utility, assisted DPW by allowing access to their water supply at the Home Depot location.   


Contractors for the Department of Public Works have completed water main repairs and crews are now charging and flushing the line to restore water service in the Russett area.   Customers can begin water use after 6:30 p.m. and are reminded to run their water for approximately five minutes after initial use to clear any air or discoloring.  Residents are also reminded that full water pressure may not return for several hours.  





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