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Howard County Department of Public Works to Host Public Meeting on Plan to Shut Down Groundwater Treatment at New Cut Landfill Site 

June 24, 2019

Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Jeffrey Dannis, Operations Chief, Bureau of Environmental Services, 410-313-6419

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 9 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Worthington Elementary School cafeteria located at 4570 Roundhill Road, Ellicott City, to discuss shut down of the New Cut Landfill’s groundwater treatment system later this summer. Based on county corrective actions, all recovery and monitoring wells at the site have met drinking water standards for six years, so the treatment system is no longer necessary.

DPW originally installed the groundwater collection and treatment system in 2000 and coordinated closely with the Maryland Department of the Environment to develop the shutdown plan. Existing groundwater monitoring will continue for the foreseeable future and safeguards are in place to restart treatment if necessary. All residents living near the site (now referred to as Worthington Park) are on public water and this change does not impact any public water service or quality.

Mark DeLuca, Chief of DPW’s Bureau of Environmental Services, said, “Our team has worked hard to maintain the system and ensure that it has operated effectively. The complete return to drinking water standards is an important accomplishment and shows the county’s ongoing commitment to a clean environment for everyone.”

Further information regarding the Groundwater System and the shutdown plan are on DPW’s website at:

An interpreter for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be available if requested seven working days prior to the meeting. Please call DPW at 410-313-3440 (voice) or use Relay at 7-1-1, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Questions regarding the project should be directed to Jeffrey Dannis, Operations Division Chief at 410-313-6419 or email