Baltimore Water Treatment Plant Upgrade Expected to Dramatically Reduce Sewage Overflows

May 11, 2021

A $430 million project that aims to curtail 80% of Baltimore City’s sewage overflows into the Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay was formally completed on Monday.

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott (D) stood alongside Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford (R), U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and Christopher J. Van Hollen, Jr. (D) and Baltimore County Executive John A. Olszewski, Jr. (D) at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant on Monday afternoon to cut the ribbon on the Headworks Project.

“Headworks is all about improving the lives of residents across the Baltimore region, while also making our waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay, healthier,” Scott said in a statement.

“This project also helps fulfill Baltimore’s Sanitary Sewer Consent Decree requirements to address sewage overflows. These are the types of infrastructure investments we need to build a more equitable, sustainable Baltimore for this and future generations.”

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