MetCom Reports Progress on Water Storage Tower Construction in St. Mary’s County

August 15, 2019

The Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) provides public water and sewer services to St. Mary’s County operating 17 elevated water storage towers, 37 ground storage towers, and 28 water supply and distribution systems, including 67 wells which annually supply approximately 1.4 billion gallons of water. In addition, MetCom owns and/or operates 7 wastewater treatment facilities treating a combined daily average of 1.5 billion gallons of wastewater.

The new Charlotte Hall elevated Water Storage Tower (WST) near the Maryland Transit Administration Park and Ride Facility on MD Route 6 serves the Charlotte Hall Town Center area. The Water Appropriations and Use Permit was obtained from the Water Management Administration and MDE’s Certification of Potability for the well was received on January 15, 2019. Water quality testing for the storage tank has been completed and the facility has been placed into full operation. This particular tower will provide 400,000 gallons of storage and includes a 250 gallon per minute (gpm) well. The new facility will ensure adequate fire suppression (as the only available water for fire protection is owned by the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home), address storage lost due to a damaged ground storage tank and provide water storage for domestic use. The approved capital construction budget was $3.107M and was funded through a low interest loan from the Department of Housing and Community Development. The project was made successful through the efforts of MetCom staff, contractor (Caldwell Tanks, Inc.) and Designer (WR&A).

George Erichsen, MetCom’s Executive Director stated, “We are pleased to have the Charlotte Hall water tower on line, and we are now pressing forward on the construction of what will be the largest MetCom water tower” (see rendering at right). A much larger, two million gallon composite water storage tank in the Hickory Hills community (located behind the new Nissan dealership on MD 235) will replace the existing 500,000 gallon facility, built in 1992. The new facility has an approved budget of $6.297M for the storage tank and $0.997M for the new 700 gpm well which replaces the 1982 well and draws water from the Patapsco, not Aquia Aquifer. A new well house, pump controls, disinfection/metering/telemetry equipment, a stand by diesel generator and demolition of the existing tower are included in the contract. Bids were opened on July 10, 2019 and the MetCom Board approved the recommendation for award on August 8, 2019. Construction is anticipated to be completed 710 calendar days following the formal Notice To Proceed. This project will help stabilize water system pressures throughout Lexington Park as well as improve water storage deficiencies to meet the current water demands of the community. This project is funded through a low interest loan from the Department of Housing and Community Development. The project has come to fruition due to the efforts of MetCom staff and project designer, WR&A.

To learn more about planned projects, please visit www.metcom.org and select Capital Improvement Projects under the Engineering tab.


9 Responses to MetCom Reports Progress on Water Storage Tower Construction in St. Mary’s County

  1. Phen on August 15, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    its another eyesore

    • Anonymous on August 16, 2019 at 6:07 am

      Might be an eyesore but do is all the shopping centers(strip malls included), gas stations and housing.
      St Mary’s will be another Waldorf soon.
      Regardless, we all need water and not all has luxury of having a private well.
      On other hand why is Metcom obtaining more loans when last year it was discovered other loans were taken but not usedto pay for these projects.
      Personal I went from paying $25/month 15 years ago to paying $40-$50/month.
      We need to question the loans and repayments

    • Anonymous on August 16, 2019 at 7:33 am

      So look away

  2. Truth Be Told..... on August 16, 2019 at 6:30 am

    This just goes to show –

    If you mix in enough water, people will drink ANYTHING.

    It’s called true “recycling’.

    Drink up St Mary’s!!!

    No worse than your Bud Light!

  3. WG on August 16, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Eyesore? What would you suggest they do? The demand for water is necessary to support the needs of development and population growth, which are both key drives of the economy and are inevitable. There is a reason the tanks are elevated; its called hydraulic (head) pressure. This is critical in distributing water adequately.

  4. Anonymous on August 17, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Might be an eyesore but so is all the shopping centers(strip malls included), gas stations and housing.
    St Mary’s will soon be another Waldorf.
    Regardless, we all need water and not all has luxury of having a private well.
    On other hand why is Metcom obtaining more loans when last year it was discovered other loans were taken but not usedto pay for these projects.
    Personally, I went from paying $25/month 15 years ago to paying $40-$50/month.
    We need to question the loans and repayments

  5. Pebbles on August 17, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    The best thing I ever did was to get away from this corrupt company as a customer.

    • Anonymous on August 19, 2019 at 11:14 am

      They were probably happy you did. Get your own property than and get your own well like the the rest of us.

      • Pebbles on August 19, 2019 at 3:29 pm

        That’s exactly what I did Sherlock !!!!