Harford County Department of Public Works, guided by common sense, accountability and compassion strives to plan, construct and maintain the infrastructure to deliver a transportation network, water, wastewater, solid waste management services and public facilities to enhance the quality of life for all.
The Department of Public Works is responsible for the construction, maintenance and acceptance of the County roads, bridges and associated structures, traffic safety, water resources management, stormwater management and sediment control, management and construction of capital projects, management of solid waste including landfills and recycling, and water and sewer utilities which includes water and wastewater treatment plants.
The Department of Public Works, under the management of the Director of Public Works, is divided into four major divisions: Water and Sewer, Highways and Water Resources, Construction Management, and Environmental Services.
If you have a question, you may want to go to our list of Frequently Asked Questions to see if you can find your answer there. Another source of reference is the Department of Public Works Telephone Numbers Listed by Topic which would give you a telephone number to call to help with your question.
Harford County Regional Water & Sewer Authority Formation Study
Harford County, the City of Aberdeen, the City of Havre de Grace, and the Town of Bell Air are considering forming an independent regional water and sewer authority for potential benefits, including economy of scale, improved level of service, self-sustainable financial operations, among others.
The process of forming a regional utility authority typically occurs in four phases:
- Phase 1 consists of a Concept Study to determine what the major challenges of forming the authority are and if those challenges can be overcome, as well as identification of criteria to be met as a condition of forming the regional authority. It is during Phase 1 that stakeholder participation and agreement must be obtained to define exactly what the regional authority’s services, service area, and responsibilities will be. Phase 1 typically concludes with a decision by each participating agency to move forward with the process or not. Those agencies that do elect to move forward continue into the next phases.
- Phase 2 is the planning stage during which the detailed approach and implementation plan are developed including identification of critical tasks, resources, responsibility, schedule, and cost allocation.
- Phase 3 focuses on the execution of the plan developed in Phase 2. It is the phase during which all of the transitional activities occur leading up to the transfer of assets, liabilities and operational responsibilities to the regional utility authority.
- Phase 4 encompasses the first year of operation of the newly-formed agency. It is a time for measuring results and adjusting strategies and tactics to ensure optimum performance.