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MDE Approves Cecil County’s 2019 Master Water & Sewer Plan

Post Date:07/24/2019 12:02 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMWSP_2019_PressRelease_7_23_19-2
July 24, 2019

ELKTON, MD – Completing an eighteen month long process involving multiple public hearings and coordination with numerous private and public water and sanitary sewer providers, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) approved Cecil County’s 2019 Master Water and Sewer Plan on July 22, 2019. Along with the County’s Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations, the Master Water and Sewer Plan serves as the third document in the triumvirate that aims to achieve the goals and objectives of Cecil County’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan.

“By encouraging the preponderance of development within growth areas and preserving the rural character and economic viability of agriculture outside growth areas,” said Eric Sennstrom, Director of the Department of Land Use and Development Services, “The Master Water and Sewer Plan facilitates growth in a way that allows sufficient time to develop adequate drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.”

Required by State law to be updated every three years, changes in the new plan include refinements to serviceMWSP_2019_PressRelease_7_23_19-3 area designations. Instead of the old “currently served” (W-1 and S-1), “proposed to be served in 0-5 years” (W-2 and S-2) and “proposed to be served in 6-10 years” (W-3 and S-3) land use designations, the new plan refines service areas into five categories (W-1 though W-5 and S-1 through S-5). Updated tables and maps also identify sewage problem areas and prioritize projects for future consideration.

Completed under budget and entirely in-house by County staff, County Executive Dr. Alan J. McCarthy cites the enthusiastic participation of the incorporated towns and private utilities as key to the plan’s timely completion.

“All participants,” McCarthy notes, “want Cecil County’s growth areas to have the infrastructure necessary to accommodate population and business expansion in an orderly, efficient, and environmentally sensitive manner.”

For more information, please contact Eric Sennstrom, Director of the Department of Land Use and Development Services, at 410-996-5220 or via e-mail at

The entirety of the 2019 Master Water and Sewer Plan is available online at:


Media Contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government
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