Groundwater & Surface Water Supply

Carroll Creek Aqueduct, Frederick, MD

City of Frederick, MD

Evaluation of Water Supply Solutions

Client: Frederick County Builders Association Land Use Council (LUC)

ARM assisted the City of Frederick, Maryland in evaluating potential solutions to a water supply shortage that has stifled planned development projects since 2001. Frederick is a city of over 50, 000 people with an average daily demand of approximately 5.5 million gallons.

After a three year building moratorium, ARM was retained by the Frederick County Builders Association Land Use Council (LUC) to represent the building industry on the Mayor ‘s Water Task Force, to manage the water issue on behalf of the industry, and to assist the City with technical analysis of potential water sources.

ARM led a campaign, on behalf of the builders, to educate local business and community leaders about the urgent need for new water sources. The City had been working for years on a project to construct a new intake from the Potomac River as a long-term remedy; however, delays in the project have created an interim water deficit that threatens to severely slow or stop planned development. ARM was asked to evaluate viable water sources that could be developed quickly and allow the City to meet its water supply obligations until the Potomac River Plant could be completed. ARM prepared an analysis of near-term water demand, identified and evaluated viable near-term water supplies, and prepared a plan and schedule for focused water supply development. Options evaluated included installation of new wells, leak detection and repair, and use of an existing quarry discharge.

ARM has provided the City with hydrogeologic analysis, geophysical data analysis, geotechnical engineering analysis, water treatment engineering, and has worked with economic consultants to determine the fiscal impact of delays in developing new water sources. ARM is also providing coordination and acting as a liaison between the LUC, the City, the public, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the press, the County and other critical stakeholders.

City staff have indicated that ARM’s involvement in the process helped them to focus their efforts and have asked for ARM’s input on continuing projects to increase reservoir storage and to study the minimum environmental flow-by requirements for the existing Monocacy River intake. Based on the results achieved in expediting the water supply process, ARM has been retained by the LUC to address the issue of sewage capacity.

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