by Lisa Tome
Although students and staff likely haven't noticed, there is a problem with the new water connection to the Bo Manor school complex.
For unknown reasons, there is a drop in water pressure.
"There will be no impact to students and staff as we work through the water pressure issue at Bohemia Manor. We will most likely have the issue resolved by Thanksgiving. The budget amendment (carrying over just over $61,000 from the small capital fund balance) was requested so that we could retain the balance of the funds beyond the fiscal year in order to pay for the solution to fix the problem," said Perry Willis, Executive Director for Support Services for Cecil County Public Schools.
At the end of April, the Town of Chesapeake City and the Cecil County Board of Education completed the water and sewer extension project to the Bohemia Manor School Complex.
Until April, the Cecil County Board of Education had been operating a package wastewater treatment plant at the Bohemia Manor Middle and High School Complex that did not meet the standards set forth by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
As a result, the Board of Education and MDE entered into a Consent Order to address the problem. That required the construction of an upgrade to the school complex wastewater treatment plant. In addition, the well that provided water to the school complex did not provide consistent potable water. The Town of Chesapeake City recognized that the school complex had an ongoing problem with both water and wastewater.
Since many of the town's residents have children that attend the middle and high schools, there was a concern for the health and safety of students and staff. It was subsequently determined that the Town's south side wastewater treatment plant had the capacity to serve the school complex. Now that the Town buys water from Artesian, it also had the capacity to provide water to the complex.
The new water and sewer mains extending out to the school complex 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. Specifically, Willis said there is a 61 percent well pressure drop at the school complex. He explained that the building was on a well system for so long and now the problem is being investigated to reveal why the pressure is dropping
"This is a CCPS problem and not a Town of Chesapeake City issue. They have provided the proper pressure at the street where the connection was made. The drop in pressure is within our building, so we just need to apply the proper solution to fix the problem," added Willis.