The treatment and purification of waste water from homes and businesses is critical to protecting our health, our fisheries, our wildlife and providing all of us with beautiful, rivers and streams that we can enjoy safely.
The Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant is one of two wastewater treatment plants serving Howard County. The plant is managed by the Bureau of Utilities in the Department of Public Works.
The Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant also serves Howard County and is managed by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works Bureau of Water and Wastewater.
Fats, Oils and Greases – Not a friend of Your Drain or Garbage Disposal
Learn more about the FOG Program and how to avoid clogged pipes that can lead to sewer backups in your home and community. By changing our habits one person at a time, one meal at a time, and one household at a time, we can substantially improve the health of our streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay and create a sustainable, green Howard County.
Consider Compost and Avoid the Garbage Disposal
Instead of using your garbage disposal for food scraps, try composting – it’s fun and easy and provides you with fresh mulch for your plants!
Howard County’s wastewater treatment plant uses a state-of-the-art technology Enhanced Nutrient Removal system to make it more energy efficient and reduce the amount of nitrogen released into the environment.
Two new back-up generators at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant protect the plant from power loss as occurred during Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, the plant will install a solar energy array to completely offset the carbon of the generators and partially offset the carbon emissions of the plant.