Perryville looks to future of its dam, reservoir
jbellmyer@ cecilwhig. com
— The reservoir that used to provide the town’s water is about to be officially decommissioned as the town looks to sell the property.
The site where the reser voir sits actually consists of two properties totaling 18.8 acres of f Reser voir Road in the Blythedale area on the outskirts of Perr yville. The smallest plot is 0.95 acres and holds the pump house, while the more than 80- year- old reservoir sits on 17.85 acres. The reservoir has not been used for drinking water since 1973.
“The town intends to remove the existing building and storage tank,” said Denise Breder, town administrator. “We are planning to issue the project to a contractor by the end of the year.”
Breder said the cost of the contract is flexible and would take into consideration who would get the benefit of recycling the huge steel storage tank for its scrap metal.
While the removal
is Perryville Mayor Jim Eberhardt inspects a large steel tank on the town property in Blythedale. The huge tank and building on the Reservoir Road site will be removed and a hole drilled in the dam to lower the water level.
underway, Ralph Ryan, Perr yville’s engineer, said another project would also begin to officially decommission the dam.
“From the top of the dam, about 5 feet down, a 4- inch hole will be drilled,” Ryan said.
A specialty company has that job, Ryan said.
The outfall should take much of the pressure of f the dam. About a week later, the water should be finished draining into Mill Creek. That outfall drilled into the 3- footdeep dam will keep the water level low, Ryan said. Riprap will be installed to prevent erosion
and to direct the flow into the stream.
Breder said the town would continue to monitor the property, especially before and after storm events.
“We’ll keep up with the emergency action plan and basic maintenance,” Breder said, but added the town is shopping the properties, which are not inside town limits.
The reser voir property is also the scene of a stream restoration project — or compensatory mitigation — on behalf of Lidl, the German gro- cer currently building a distribution center in the neighboring Principio Industrial Park. Meanwhile, Cecil County is making repairs to the aging dam in preparation for Perr yville’s role in the project.
PJ Meekins, from the Perryville Public Works Department, points out a valve on the dam, which will soon be drilled into to lower the water level.