Contract awarded for wastewater treatment plant upgrade

Upgrade will reduce nitrogen and phosphorus levels in Conococheague facility.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - The $23.7 million contract has been awarded and upgrades are set to begin at Conococheauge wastewater treatment facility.

The state mandated upgrade includes reducing the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus entering the Chesapeake Bay.

"It will have a local impact first to our local water," said Julie Pippel, director, division of environmental management.  "This facility discharges to the Conococheauge Creek, so lowering the nitrogen and phosphorus levels that we are discharging to the creek, will become a healthier stream, then it flows into the Potomac River, which will then become a healthier water body."

With upgrading the facility, HRI bridge company from Pennsylvania will be installing BioMag technology, that will not only reduce the levels of nitrogen, but also save money by requiring less infrastructure to be built for the project.

Officials said using this technology on this facility as well as the Winebrenner facility will save consumers about $90 per year, and when completed will help better treat the water in the community.

"What we do is we treat this water down to a level that it can go into the receiving stream in this case the Conococheauge Creek to a level that is safe and healthy for us to fish in and for local habitat," said Pippel.

The Conococheauge project is set to begin in September of this year.

For the project, the state is paying 60 percent of the cost.

For the Winebrenner Wastewater treatment facility project, which is currently under construction, the state is paying 40 percent of the cost.


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