Chesapeake City continues to make progress with its infrastructure.
Cecil County government is expected to approve changes in the county's Master Water and Sewer Plan on January 17 that will reflect plans to consolidate the sewer system in Chesapeake City. Legislation is proposed to amend the master plan which will pave the way for Chesapeake City to receive MDE funding.
Chesapeake City town manager Sandra Edwards explained that the town is working to secure funding for a $9 million sewer plant ENR upgrade.
The town is not under consent order. They are trying to be proactive and consolidate sewer plants. Currently, the north side of town has a sewer plant processing 75,000 gallons per day. The south side has an 88,000 gallon per day capacity. The new plant will allow for growth and will process 300,000 gallons per day. Construction is set to begin in 2018. The plant will also allow for future expansion and can double its capacity to 600,000 gallons per day.
The new plant will be constructed on a parcel of land adjacent to the existing north side sewer plant.
It will be built to be flood resistant. Specifically, a new headworks facility will be built. The new plant will also have sequencing batch reactor tanks.
Both of the existing sewer plants have been in operation for more than a quarter century. Both the plants are currently in compliance with Maryland Department of the Environment standards.
Edwards said that although the new plant will allow the town to add users, there is interest in development but nothing firm.
In the past few years, Chesapeake City has made great leaps with infrastructure. In 2014, due to a partnership with MDE and the Board of Education, the town began providing sewer treatment and water through Artesian to Bo Manor Middle and High schools.
New water and sewer mains were extended out to the school complex which run 4,610 linear feet south from the end of the current water and sewer service limits, at the south end of South Village Shopping Center, along the west side of Route 213.