Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 29, 2001) – Furthering his goal of improving the quality of life for all Marylanders while protecting the environment, Governor Parris N. Glendening today announced Board of Public Works approval of a $4 million grant for Montgomery County and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) to build a new Seneca Wastewater Treatment Plant adjacent to the existing facility.

“We have made a top priority of protecting the environment while enhance the quality of life for all Marylanders now and in the future,” said Governor Glendening. “This funding will allow Montgomery County to improve the quality of service to those served by the Seneca Wastewater Treatment Plant while at the same time, reducing the amount of nutrients being released into Maryland’s waterways. This grant also assists with our on-going efforts to target state funds in Priority Funding Areas consistent with our Smart Growth Initiative.”

The $4 million, from the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality Infrastructure Program, will go toward planning, design and construction of a new 20 million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant with biological nutrient removal technology. Installation of the biological nutrient removal facility will improve nitrogen removal from the plant’s discharged water to a level of 8 milligrams per liter and phosphorus to 0.5 milligrams per liter. The treated wastewater from the plant will drain into Great Seneca Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River that drains into the Chesapeake Bay.

“Returning clean water to our environment is a crucial part of our mission, said WSSC General Manager John R. Griffin. “Seneca’s expansion completes the comprehensive upgrading of our wastewater treatment plant network for conventional biological nutrient removal and also supports our on-going commitment to helping restore the Chesapeake Bay. “

The total cost of the new plant, which will be operated by WSSC, is estimated at $25.4 million, of which $12.7 million is the local share.