Bureau of Utilities - Tech Support Division

The Technical Support Division is responsible for providing engineering support and management of various administrative and maintenance operations for the Bureau including :

  • All administrative functions
  • Budgeting
  • Engineering
  • Water and sewer master planning
  • Construction inspection
  • GIS mapping

This Division also ensures compliance with various state and federal regulations governing the water distribution and wastewater collection system.

Location: 8250 Old Montgomery Rd.
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 410-313-4910 - Fax : 410-313-4919

Access to Howard County Water and Sewer GIS

External users that have a legitimate business reason to access Howard County’s drinking water and/or sanitary sewer GIS data must demonstrate their need by filling out the form (Link below) and mailing to the Bureau of Utilities Home office. This process is set in place to protect this sensitive critical infrastructure information. This process respects and follows House Bill 240 of the 2002 legislature of the State of Maryland.

GIS - Howard County Water and Sewer Data Access Request.pdf


Amendment of the Howard County Water & Sewer Master Plan

Howard County Master Plan For WS 2022 Interim Amendment

2020 Interim Amendment of the Master Plan for Water & Sewerage (2015 Major Amendment)


2019 Draft Interim Amendment to the 2015 Water & Sewer Master Plan

In March 2019, the Bureau of Utilities prepared a draft interim amendment for the approved 2015 Amendment of the County Water & Sewer Master Plan.  The draft interim amendment will be presented to the Public Works Board at the June 11, 2019 public meeting for a recommendation of approval.  Following the Public Works Board, the interim amendment will be presented for review and approval by the Planning Board, the County Executive and the County Council as provided in the County Code.  Copy & paste or click this link to view the draft amendment.  

2019 WSMP Package-NO MAPS

EXHIBIT 1 MAP -Interim Amendment_Water-032019

EXHIBIT 2E MAP -Interim Amendment_Sewer-032019

2015 Amendment of the Howard County Water & Sewer Master Plan 



This is the 2015 Amendment of the Howard County Water & Sewer Master Plan as approved by County Council Resolution CR36-2016 and the County Executive on May 5, 2016.

2020 Water Audit

Click here to view the submitted 2020 Water Audit Report

Water Audit Letter














Below is a link to Howard County, Maryland's
Water & Sewer House Connection Charges & Rate Schedule
2018 Legislative Session - Resolution # 55.
Effective July 1, 2018

Howard County's Wastewater Capacity, Management, Operation and Maintenance ( CMOM ) related documents are now available as PDF downloads.

CMOM Manual

2011 CMOM Audit Report

2012 CMOM Audit Report

2013 CMOM Audit Report

2014 CMOM Audit Report

2015 CMOM Audit Report

2016 CMOM Audit Report

2017 CMOM Audit Report

2018 CMOM Audit Report

2019 CMOM Audit Report

2020 CMOM Audit Report

2021 CMOM Audit Report


The Bureau of Utilities' "Water Only Submeters Policy for Commercial and Industrial Water/Sewer Accounts," including the Submeter Permit Application Form, is now available online.

Please see the Submeters Policy page for additional information.

Here are a few Water related maps from our GIS Department :

Metropolitan District Boundary - 2.4 Mb
Planned Service Area - Water - 829 Kb

A variety of other Howard County maps may be found at the GIS site.

External Links to Related Professional Associations:

American Water Works Association
Water Environment Federation
Chesapeake Water Environment Research Foundation
WWOA (Water and Waste Operators Association of Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia)

Wastewater Capacity, Management, Operation, and Maintenance

The Wastewater Capacity, Management, Operation, and Maintenance Program ( CMOM ) is intended to cover all aspects of sanitary sewer collection and conveyance from wastewater generation to treatment.

The primary purpose of the CMOM is to collect information and manage resources to reduce and ultimately eliminate sanitary sewer overflows by collating, tracking, and improving the efficiency of the sewage system.

Useful Links

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)

MDE Reported Sewer Overflow Database


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