What is Our wAAter?
Our wAAter is a vital program that will provide long-term benefits by protecting our waterways and the Chesapeake Bay while also improving groundwater supplies and water resiliency. Led by the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) and developed with guidance from the Maryland Department of Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency, we are pursuing long-term strategies to reduce pollutants in the Bay.
Our wAAter addresses water quality while simultaneously strengthening the County's water resiliency by using an integrated approach with five initiatives:
- Septic-to-sewer connections: Converting eligible communities from septic systems to publicly owned water reclamation facilities operating at advanced treatment levels
- Small system upgrades: Upgrading the performance of privately owned small wastewater treatment systems where possible
- Stormwater: Restoring streams and wetlands, and improve stormwater infrastructure
- Groundwater resiliency: Providing an uninterrupted supply of clean, safe water
- Wastewater treatment enhancements: Operating advanced regional water reclamation facilities at optimal performance levels to maximize pollution reduction beyond regulatory requirements
Septic-to-Sewer Connection Program
The Septic-to-Sewer Connection Program will improve water quality and public health by converting up to 6,000 private septic systems to public sewer connections over the next 30 years.
Why is it important?
Community support is needed to successfully make the change to a sewer system. Together we can improve our wAAter quality and help protect our environment.
Why are we focusing on septic systems?
Anne Arundel County has the largest pollution from septic systems among all counties in Maryland.
How will it benefit our communities?
By switching from septic to a sewer connection, you help to reduce water pollution, protect wells and surface water quality near homes, and protect our streams and rivers by utilizing treatment facilities in place of septic systems.