County agency honored by governor's office
The Washington County Water and Sewer Department has received a Governor's Award of Excellence for its "proactive approach" to a $12 million sewer project that the county's Water and Sewer Advisory Commission wants to delay or eliminate.
Biological nutrient removal upgrades at the county's wastewater treatment plants are expected to cost up to $12 million, with about half of that expected to come from state grants and the rest from county sewer customers.
The nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus degrade water quality in streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.
Advisory Commission Chairman Clarence W. Scheer has said it did not make sense for the county and state to spend $12 million on the project at a time when the county has a $55 million water and sewer debt.