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Annapolis to begin water plant construction Monday

July 20, 2014

By Elisha Sauers, The Capital, Annapolis, Md.

July 20--ANNAPOLIS -- Annapolis officials will have a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning to mark the start of construction on a $35 million water treatment plant.

Officials called it the "largest construction project in the city's history" in a press release Friday.

The plant will provide 8 million gallons of potable water per day. It will feature media filtration, have LEED certification and be constructed while maintaining service.

The current city water plant is at 260 Defense Highway. The new facility will be adjacent to it. Contractors plan to finish by December 2015.

The city has contracted CDM Smith, a Massachusetts-based consulting, engineering and construction firm, and Haskell, a Florida design-build company, for the project.

The city is financing the construction through a $28.5 million low-interest state loan, a $1.5 million state green-technology grant and $5 million in city bonds.

Public works crews have known for a few years that the current plant, built in 1929, is on the brink of failure. It has severe mechanical, structural and electrical problems and relies on parts so old that some are no longer made.

Annapolis provides drinking water for 36,000 residents, the Naval Academy and St. John's College. The plant draws from the Magothy, Lower Patapsco and Upper Patapsco aquifers.


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