Anne Arundel County invites residents living in neighborhoods near the Chesapeake Bay to learn more about connecting to the county's public sewer system by applying for the new Our wAAter program. This program, led by the Department of Public Works, will help reduce the costs of converting from private septic tanks to the county sewer system.
“Converting from private septic tanks to the county sewer system will help our residents experience improved water quality, while allowing us to better control pollutants impacting the bay,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said. “Residents with private septic systems should take this innovative opportunity to lower their cost of connecting to the county system - it helps you improve your water, and helps the county protect our environment.”
Our wAAter is the Anne Arundel clean water program, established to provide long-term benefits to protect local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay while sustaining groundwater supplies and enhancing water resiliency. The program strategy integrates five initiatives: wastewater treatment enhancements, septic-to-sewer connections, groundwater resiliency, stormwater improvements, and small system upgrades.
“In densely located subdivisions near the water, even well-maintained septic systems can release harmful pollutants into the bay,” said Chris Phipps, DPW director. “The septic-to-sewer connection program will improve water quality and public health by converting up to 6,000 private septic systems to public sewer connections over the next 30 years, or approximately 200 per year.”
How do septic systems impact public health and water quality?
Help protect the community and preserve and restore the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. To learn more about eligible neighborhoods, please visit www.ourwaater.com, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-222-7500 for more information.