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County Awards Contract for Replacement of Port Deposit Wastewater Treatment Plant

Post Date:06/24/2019 9:41 AM

June 24, 2019                     

ELKTON, MD. – Cecil County Government has awarded a $9,530,000 Design-Build contract to American Contracting and Environmental Services, Inc. of Columbia, Maryland for the replacement of the County’s wastewater treatment plant in Port Deposit.

The contract is for the design and construction of an Enhanced Nutrient Removal-level (ENR) treatment plant with a capacity of 150,000 Gallons Per Day. The new plant will be located on a site above the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks at the base of the hill where Route 222 becomes Main Street. The new treatment plant will replace the County’s existing Port Deposit Wastewater Treatment Plant which is located on the bank of the Susquehanna River south of Marina Park. The existing treatment plant is over 40 years old and has reached the end of its useful life. It will be decommissioned and demolished once the new treatment plant is complete and placed into service.

Design of the new plant will be completed by KCI Technologies, Inc. and is expected to start within 60 days. The project is being managed by the Engineering & Construction Division of the Cecil County Department of Public Works. The consulting engineering firm of GHD, Inc. is serving as Owner’s Advisor on the project, and will also be assisting with construction management and inspection.

“The current Port Deposit Wastewater Treatment Plant has served Port Deposit well for decades, but it has needed to be replaced for quite some time now,” said Scott Flanigan, County Director of Public Works. “We are looking forward to getting the new plant built and in service. As an ENR-level plant, it will be state-of-the-art and will treat the wastewater to a much higher level than the current plant, thereby helping to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”

“With a capacity of 150,000 Gallons Per Day, the new plant will have additional capacity available to support future growth in and around Port Deposit, including redevelopment of Bainbridge,” said County Executive Alan McCarthy. “I continue to believe that the prospects for Bainbridge are bright, and this new wastewater treatment plant is a key piece of the infrastructure needed to make it happen.”

The project is being funded by a combination of County funds and Bay Restoration Fund grant funding from the Maryland Department of the Environment.

On-site construction work is expected to begin in late fall 2019 with completion in early 2021.

The treatment plant will be operated by the Wastewater Division of the Department of Public Works, which operates a total of five wastewater treatment plants serving different areas of the County. In addition to Port Deposit, those are the North East River, Meadowview, Harbourview, and Cherry Hill wastewater treatment facilities.


Media Contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government
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