The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA), Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), Maryland Environmental Service (MES), Cecil County, Town of Cecilton, and local, state and federal elected officials have been working together regarding the reactivation of the Pearce Creek Dredged Material Containment Facility (DMCF) and the extension of a public water supply system to residents located in the Pearce Creek Service Area. The USACE obtained the required permit from MDE to reactivate the site in 2014. MDOT MPA is funding the waterline from the Town of Cecilton to the affected neighborhoods in order to address their water supply needs.
PEARCE CREEK SERVICE AREA
The service area designates the properties that have degraded water quality in their domestic wells. The service area includes properties in West View Shores (WVS), Bay View Estates (BVE), Sunset Pointe, and properties along Pond Neck Road closest to the dredged material placement site. Connections to a public water supply system will be restricted to these properties. Properties along the route from Cecilton to the Pearce Creek communities will not be permitted to connect.
Provision of a new domestic water supply to the Pearce Creek Service Area was contingent on the USACE receiving the required Water Quality Certification (WQC) permit from MDE to reactivate the Pearce Creek DMCF. The water supply project has moved forward since the WQC was approved by MDE.
The MDOT MPA has provided a grant to the Town of Cecilton to fund the provision of domestic water for WVS, BVE, and Sunset Pointe, as well as homes along Pond Neck Road adjacent to the Pearce Creek DMCF. The grant is funding the cost of installing a pipeline from the Town of Cecilton, hooking up existing homes, and abandoning existing wells. Design and construction of the pipeline is being managed by AECOM, formerly known as URS, the engineering firm for the Town of Cecilton. Residents will pay the Town of Cecilton for actual water usage.
Residents can expect the new domestic water system to be in place in the spring of 2018 with the first homes being connected early fall 2017. All levels of government have agreed to expedite the regulatory process as well as planning and construction so as to have the project completed sooner if possible. The preliminary design was completed in July 2014. AECOM has finalized the design and obtained the necessary permits and easements. The Transmission Main project (pipeline that extends from the Town of Cecilton to the affected communities) and the Distribution system project (pipelines that extend from the Transmission Main to throughout the communities) have both been completed. Moving forward, the on-lot connections have begun and will be completed in three phases. Phase 1 involves the exterior installation of the water meter, a portion of the service line, and on-lot shut-off valve; Phase 2 consists of the interior plumbing as necessary to make the final connection to the indoor piping; and Phase 3 will include the abandonment of the existing residential wells.
Residents of the Pearce Creek Service Area will be charged the same rates as the residents of the Town of Cecilton. The Town's rate structure includes both a base rate and usage rate. The Town's water rate for their fiscal year that started in July 2017 is as follows:
Per Quarter - Base rate of $68.91 for first 5,000 gallons and $9.18 for each 1,000 gallons thereafter. For those residents who may winterize their home and not use any water in a particular quarter, they would still be responsible for payment of the base rate of $68.91.
It is current Town policy to increase rates 2% every year.
THE TOWN OF CECILTON'S WATER QUALITY REPORT
All suppliers of public water are federally required to test their water yearly and to send the results to entities within the service area. The report is mailed with the water bill.
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