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Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades Coming to Caroline County

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PRESTON, Md. - Towns in Caroline County are about to get some major upgrades to their wastewater treatment plants. With the help of the state, engineers say the upgrades will remove large portions of nutrients that run into the Chesapeake Bay.

Preston Town Commissioner and President Douglas VanDerveer says the town was fined for excessive discharge when a storm overwhelmed their tiny lagoon more than a decade ago. But now, with construction of a new top-of-the-notch wastewater treatment plant paid for with loans and grants approved by the state, VanDerveer says he won't have to worry much longer. The $11 million project will reduce Preston's nitrogen runoff by 83 percent and phosphorous by 90 percent, helping the small town of over 300 users save the Bay.

"Construction should start in mid-December and take about 14 months," VanDerveer said. "Without that, the citizens of Preston would never be able to afford to pay their water and sewer bills."

Across the county in Denton, another $1.6 million in upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant include a new UV disinfectant that Superintendent Mark Chandler says will help the town stop more than half of the nutrients that run into the Choptank River, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay.

"Everything you do in as far as wastewater is extremely expensive," Chandler said. "The fact that we're able to help clean up the Bay means a lot and we've got one of the greatest communities in the whole state of Maryland."

In total, Maryland's Board of Public Works approved $74 million worth of grants and loans to help projects across the state "Save the Bay."

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