BPW Awards $550K for Wastewater Treatment In Indian Head

ANNAPOLIS (April 14, 2008) – The Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) on April 8 approved over $2 million in grants for capital construction projects to improve water quality and water supply. Of the total amount, $555,928 was provided for a wastewater treatment project at Indian Head in Charles County.

The Board approved the grant to construct Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) and Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) facilities at the existing 0.5 million gallons per day (MGD) Indian Head Wastewater Treatment Plant to achieve 3 mg/l total nitrogen and 0.3 mg/l total phosphorus in its effluent water quality.

The State says the improvements will reduce nutrients discharged to Mattawoman Creek, the Potomac River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay and will help Maryland meet the goals of the Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement.

“We have an obligation to future generations to protect and preserve the ecosystems in our precious Chesapeake Bay and provide a reliable, high quality drinking water supply,” said Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Shari T. Wilson. “The State takes pride in keeping up with the evolving infrastructure and needs of community’s to protect human health, water quality and the well-being of aquatic ecosystems.”

The Board is comprised of Governor Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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