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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.

Waste­water Treat­ment
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.

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 installed a solar energy array to com­pletely off­set the car­bon of the gen­er­a­tors and par­tially off­set the car­bon emis­sions of the plant.

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 easy and pro­vides you with fresh mulch for your plants.


Green Tip

Unplug.40% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while they’re turned off.