Annapolis office, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 7 State Cicle, Annapolis, Maryland, December 2016. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Sewage Treatment. Much of the sewage from the Commission service area is carried by trunk sewers into the District of Columbia and treated at the regional Blue Plains Pollution Control Plant in Washington, DC. Six other sewage disposal plants are operated by the Commission. Three are in northern Montgomery County at Seneca Creek, Hyattstown, and Damascus. The three plants in Prince George's County include the Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant at Piscataway Bay (Accokeek); and one each at Upper Marlboro (Western Branch), and near Laurel (Parkway Waste Water Treatment Plant).
The Commission's annual budget is subject to joint approval by the Montgomery County Council and the Prince George's County Council.
Six members constitute the Commission: three from Montgomery County, and three from Prince George's County. Each county's members are named to four-year terms by the County Executive with County Council consent (Code Public Utilities Article, secs. 16-101 through 29-107).
Dams & Reservoirs. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission owns and operates three dams.
Completed in 1944, the Brighton Dam provides source drinking water for customers in the Washington Suburban Sanitary District. Located in Brookeville, the Dam spans the Patuxent River between Montgomery and Howard counties, creating the Tridelphia Reservoir.
The T. Howard Duckett Dam has operated since 1954. It spans the Patuxent River between Prince George's and Howard counties, creating the Rocky Gorge Reservoir.
Little Seneca Dam is at Boyds (Montgomery County), Maryland, in Black Hill Regional Park, which is run by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The Dam creates Little Seneca Lake, which is part of the Washington Metropolitan Regional Water Supply.
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