Engineering & Planning

Department Functions

As a department within the Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management (DUSWM), numerous important functions are performed relating to the planning, design, and construction of all County-owned water, sanitary sewer and solid waste infrastructure. The larger water infrastructure components include water treatment facilities, water booster pumping stations, transmission mains, water storage tanks and distribution mains. The larger wastewater infrastructure components include wastewater treatment facilities, wastewater pumping stations, interceptors, collection systems and treated effluent outfall sewers.

Water & Sewer Infrastructures

All water and sewer infrastructure is planned and designed in conformity with the Frederick County Comprehensive Plan. DUSWM provides water and sewer service within certain areas bounded and identified in the Water and Sewerage Plan, as 20-year water and sewer service areas. DUSWM infrastructure must be planned in concert with the Water and Sewerage Plan and constructed to accommodate projected growth contained within these respective plans.

Large Infrastructures

Large infrastructure needs are planned and executed via the County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Smaller infrastructure, i.e., sewage collection and water distribution mains, is customarily provided by developers in areas planned to be served by public water and sewer. The planning, design and construction of the smaller infrastructure is managed through various standards administered by DUSWM.

Municipal Infrastructures

The water and sewer infrastructure for municipalities such as Thurmont, Emmitsburg, Middletown, Myersville, Woodsboro, the City of Brunswick and Mt. Airy is not affiliated with DUSWM since those municipalities own and operate their own respective water and sewer systems.  However, DUSWM does provide sewer service to the Town of Walkersville and a northern portion of Frederick City and water to the Village of Rosemont.

Private Utilities

DUSWM is not affiliated with or related to any private utilities, e.g., cable television, electric, natural gas, telephone, storm water drainage, storm water management facilities, etc. Questions relating to these types of utilities should be directed to the appropriate company, county agency or municipality.