Indian Head Wastewater Treatment Plant (MD)

A Wastewater Plant Takes Steps to Limit Pollution Into the Chesapeake Bay with Help from Haskell

The Maryland Department of the Environment began working toward a cleaner Chesapeake Bay by breaking ground to construct an upgrade to the Indian Head Wastewater Treatment Plant. They chose Haskell to upgrade and expand their existing .5 MGD sewage treatment plant to reuse quality effluent meeting the requirements of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act.

Advanced Technology On A Tight Timeline

The plant design included enhanced nutrient reduction technology that delivered dramatically reduced levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from being discharged into the Chesapeake Bay from that region. Excess nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, degrade water quality, which negatively impact the ecology of the Bay and its tributaries.

A Sustainable Solution to Problematic Nutrient Pollution

The Indian Head Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade has removed an estimated 22,842 lbs. of nitrogen, annually, that would have been discharged directly from the plant into Mattawomen Creek, the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. We’re proud to have a part in helping the state preserve the local environment and make Maryland a cleaner, safer place to live.

Green Features

  • LEED® Silver Certified – 36 points
  • Reduced Nutrient Discharge – Enhanced nutrient reduction technology dramatically reduces the level of nitrogen and phosphorus being discharged into surrounding waters.
  • Water Conservation – Low-flow toilets, lavatory faucets and sinks resulted in a 37 percent decrease in the use of potable water.
  • Materials – 20 percent of building materials came from recycled sources, and nearly 50 percent were produced regionally. Diverted 85 percent of construction waste from landfills.