Maryland Department of the Environment Awards $54,900 Bay Restoration Fund Operation and Maintenance Grant to Town of Elkton

Grant recognizes optimized performance of the Elkton Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is operated through a public-private partnership by Severn Trent Services.


The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has awarded a Bay Restoration Fund grant of $54,900 to the Town of Elkton, Maryland. The grant recognizes the town’s “performance optimization” of plant operations at the Elkton Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the funds will be used to defray costs associated with the plant’s enhanced nutrient removal (ENR) operation and maintenance activities.

Bay Restoration Funds are awarded to Maryland wastewater treatment plants by the MDE based upon superior plant operations and performance. The Fund, established in 2004, is financed by wastewater treatment plant users to upgrade Maryland’s wastewater treatment plants with ENR technology so the facilities are capable of achieving wastewater effluent quality of 3 mg/l total nitrogen and 0.3 mg/l total phosphorus.

The wastewater treatment plant in Elkton has been a pacemaker in the state of Maryland in implementing ENR systems. In 2008, the plant was upgraded to an ENR technology to improve water quality in the Big Elk Creek. The upgraded plant is reducing effluent nitrogen to the Big Elk River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay by 80 percent and phosphorus by 70 percent. Operated through a public-private partnership by Severn Trent Services since 1993, the plant has so consistently met or surpassed requirements for wastewater quality, treatment processes and wastewater services that the Maryland Rural Water Association named the plant the System of the Year in Maryland for 2010.


About Severn Trent Services

Severn Trent Services (, with global headquarters in Fort Washington, Pa., USA, is a leading supplier of water and wastewater solutions. The company’s broad range of products and services is concentrated around disinfection, instrumentation and filtration technologies, and contract operating services. Our analytical services group is the United Kingdom’s leading environmental testing organization, and our international operating services business provides worldwide contract operation and support for all aspects of water and wastewater utility operational development and business transformation. Severn Trent Services is a member of the Severn Trent Plc (London: SVT.L) group of companies. Severn Trent is a FTSE 100 company.

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