Utilities & Waste Management

The Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management (DUSWM), through responsible management of the County’s water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure, strives to provide the community with a safe and dependable water supply and reliable waste disposal services that do not harm the environment or natural resources of Frederick County.

The Division provides for the planning, construction, and operation of the County’s water supply, wastewater disposal and solid waste pollution control infrastructure. These responsibilities and/or activities are distributed among six departments and one support office within the Division.

Important Notice
Braddock Heights Water Customers 

The Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management (DUSWM) recently contracted with the George Kountoupes Painting Company to repaint the exterior surface of the water storage tank located on Schley Avenue.  The exterior work has been completed; however the interior tank coating was unexpectedly found to need repainting.  George Kountoupes Painting Company is returning to repaint the interior of the tank with work scheduled to begin the week of June 19, 2017.

By doing so, this means that customers will continue relying upon a temporary water booster system Division staff installed to pressurize the water system while the storage tank remains out of service and avoids a second redeployment of the temporary water booster station.  We do not anticipate customers will experience significant service impacts during this work, although some residents may notice a slight decrease in water pressure during peak water usage times.  As we enter the summer months and given the temporary installation, please reconsider outdoor water usages that because of collective water system usage could affect the operation of the temporary system.  

We have communicated with the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services to ensure proper contingency plans are in place. 

As a result, we expect that the work to repaint the interior of the tank and prepare it for use will not be completed before mid-August 2017. 

Should you have any questions concerning this matter or others related to your water system, please call the Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management at 301-600-1825, Monday through Friday (excluding Holidays) from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  For service related issues on weekends, holidays, or after-hours, please contact our emergency number at 301-600-2194. 

As a valued customer, we believe it is important to keep you informed of any changes in your service and want to thank you in advance for your patience while we complete this effort.