County Publishes Sewer Connection Status Maps
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2019
ELKTON, MD. -- On February 6, 2019, the Cecil County Department of Public Works (DPW) posted on the County website “Sewer Connection Status Maps” for all of the County’s sewer service areas. The maps show which properties are currently connected to County sewer and those served, but not yet connected. These “served but not connected” are still subject to the County’s sewer connection policy.
The maps can be located on the Department of Land Use & Development Services’ portion of the County’s website at http://www.ccgov.org/government/land-use-development-services/development-plans-review/wastewater-information-forms.
DPW has developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to further explain the maps and key elements of the County’s sewer connection policy, outlined in detail in Cecil County Sanitary District Policy Memorandum #2: Connection to County Sanitary Sewer System. The FAQs and policy memo are posted to the County’s website in the same location as the maps.
“DPW and other County departments frequently get calls from builders, realtors, residents, and others asking if a certain property is served by County sewer,” said Scott Flanigan, County Director of Public Works. “These maps, posted to the County website, will allow people to check in an efficient manner.”
Flanigan continued: “The County published its policy regarding sewer connections back in December 2017. The posting of these maps does not represent any change. This allows residents to clarify if and how their properties are impacted by County sewer policy. Only 130 properties, out of more than 8000 currently served, are not connected.”
The Department of Public Works will send letters to the owners of the 130 properties not in compliance with state law and the Cecil County Code. Abutting property owners are required to connect to public sewer where and when available.
The County’s sewer connection policy states that these impacted property owners will connect within ten years of the effective date of the policy (December 1, 2027), unless there is a “triggering event” which would require connection sooner unless a variance is granted. Triggering events include title transfer, the need for a building permit, subdivision, the determination that the existing septic system lacks sufficient capacity, and/or a determination that the existing septic system is failed or failing. Policy Memorandum #2 provides greater detail and description on triggering events.
“Modern, state-of-the-art enhanced nutrient removal wastewater treatment plants treat sewage to a much higher level than do septic systems,” explained County Executive Alan McCarthy. “Connecting homes and businesses to County sewer is a benefit to the environment and will result in cleaner water and improved public health conditions.”
The County’s sewer connection policy only applies within the County’s sewer service areas, which include the towns of Port Deposit, Charlestown, and North East. The towns of Rising Sun, Perryville, Elkton, Chesapeake City, and Cecilton operate their own sanitary sewer systems and have their own policies regarding connection to their municipal sewer systems.
Anyone seeking more clarification or who has questions regarding the posted materials is encouraged to contact the Cecil County Department of Public Works at 410-996-5259.
Public Information Officer