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County Executive Steve Schuh Announces Water Independence in Anne Arundel County

Final Upgrades to Water Infrastructure Will Save County $8.5 Million Annually

Brooklyn Park, MD (November 15, 2017) –In the shadow of the Baltimore City skyline, County Executive Steve Schuh today announced Anne Arundel County’s water independence after the completion of long-awaited infrastructure upgrades that now allow every resident access to County-treated water.

“Today is an historic day for Anne Arundel County, and marks yet another example of our transformation from a small, rural backwater county to a major jurisdiction in our state,” said Schuh. “Becoming a jurisdiction with a autonomous, self-sustaining water infrastructure system is a major step forward and an incredible sign of progress.”

Anne Arundel County water infrastructure upgrades began in 2007.  First, major water transmission mains were constructed along the east Broadneck and Crofton/Odenton corridors of the County.  This involved over 20 miles of 36 inch piping. Major upgrades included the expansion of two water treatment plants, the Crofton Meadows Water Treatment Plant to 15 millions of gallons per day in 2011 and the Arnold Water Treatment Plant to 16 million gallons per day in 2012.

These upgrades allowed Anne Arundel County to produce enough water to serve areas of the County that were previously being served by Baltimore City.  Separate transmission mains were placed along the West and East sides of the County to deliver the production from those plants to the Northern and Western parts of the County.

In 2015, the Department of Public Works latest water booster station at Disney Road was commissioned and it receives the influent water flow from the expanded Crofton Meadows plant and pushes that water into northern distribution areas. The last phase was to make modifications to the northern most booster station and some minor changes in County’s distribution system. These efforts were completed in September 2017 with the coordinated efforts of Water Operations, Water System Maintenance, Water Line Repair and the Electrical and Instrumentation Divisions of the Department of Public Works. 

Given the previous costs of purchasing water from the Baltimore City, these upgrades will save Anne Arundel County $8.5 million annually and help ensure a reliable, state-of-the-art-water treatment system.  Baltimore City will continue to provide an emergency water connection if needed. 

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