The largest system operated by the County is a sewerage system serving the North East River area, including the municipalities and environs of North East and Charlestown. In addition to the 2.0 million gallons per day (“MGD”) wastewater treatment facility, the system includes 14 pumping stations serving a population of approximately 7,500.
The County owns and operates a combined utility serving the Meadowview area. This system consists of a 1.0 MGD wastewater treatment plant and a two-well water system capable of producing .185 MGD and a storage capacity of .80 MG. This system serves a population of approximately 4,770 and five industrial plants.
The unincorporated community of Cherry Hill is served with a sanitary sewerage system which is comprised of a wastewater treatment facility of .250 MGD and two (2) pumping stations. The system presently serves approximately 197 homes, two (2) schools and one (1) industrial plant.
Located just west of the Maryland-Delaware line, the subdivision known as the Highlands, consisting of 124 homes, has a community water and wastewater treatment system. In addition to the .050 MGD wastewater treatment plant, the system also has one (1) pumping station. Water is obtained from the Meadowview utility system.
The Harbor View area is the newest subdivision provided with water and sewer service by the County. There presently are 102 homes served by the .050 MGD water and .065 MGD wastewater system which has capacity to ultimately serve the entire subdivision of 230 lots.
The location and design of the County’s water and sewer systems are regulated and guided by its Master Water and Sewer Plan which the County prepares in cooperation with various State agencies. The County has no other direct responsibility for water and sewerage service to the residents of the County other than its involvement with the Comprehensive Water and Sewerage Plan.
The County adopted its utility rate structure for water and sewer service effective July 1, 2007. The rate is uniform across the County systems. The following is a summary of the current rate structure:
User fee — system wide
Connection fee: New homes Existing homes Commercial/Industrial
$6,000 $2,500 $2,500/Eq. Living Unit – Minimum of 4