Baltimore County News
Approximately 21,000 gallons released into Gwynns Falls
Baltimore County Bureau of Utility crews discovered a sanitary sewer overflow yesterday morning near Marston Road, located south of Liberty Road and west of the Beltway in Woodlawn. Investigating crews found a broken gravity sewer line which was discharging into a storm drain. They set up two pump-around operations to control the overflow – estimated at 21,100 gallons – and stopped the discharge by 5:30 p.m. yesterday.
Upon discovery, crews found that the overflow was unusually clean and debris-free, making tracing the source difficult. Crews then dye tested the sewer system upstream, revealing the extent of the overflow which had mixed with the natural runoff from a tributary to the Gwynns Falls. They then established two pump-around operations to halt the flow.
The public is advised to avoid contact with the waste water. The Baltimore County Department of Health will continue to monitor water quality in the Gwynns Falls and has issued a water contact advisories on their web page:
Update: Water contact advisory continues for Beaver Dam Run and tributary
Update: The September 27 sanitary sewer overflows on Beaver Dam and Ashland Roads were caused by the failure of a temporary sewer pipe employed as part of Baltimore County's ongoing sewer inspection and maintenance program. An estimated 950,000 gallons was intermittently released at both the site of the break and at a manhole south of Ashland Road near Western Run.
Original press release issued on 9/28/16:
At approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, County utility workers discovered a break in a temporary sewer pipeline just north of Padonia Road. Equipment and construction material were brought to the site and repairs began Tuesday to address the sanitary overflow, which was halted Wednesday morning at approximately 11 a.m. The volume of discharge as a result of the broken line has not yet been determined, but is expected to be significant.
Several intermittent sanitary sewer overflows, resulting from the single pipe failure, occurred at two sites: the site of the break itself on Beaver Dam Road, just north of Padonia and near a tributary to Beaver Dam Run, and a site south of Ashland Road between York Road and Western Run. The overflow near Ashland Road occurred as a necessary part of the process to repair the line at Beaver Dam Road.
The public is advised to avoid contact with the water. The Baltimore County Department of Health is monitoring water quality in Beaver Dam Run and the tributary and has issued a water contact advisory and will update the situation as needed on their website:
Further details on the cause of the overflow and the total volume of discharge will be published as they become available.
105,000 gallons released into stream near commercial area
Yesterday at approximately 2 p.m. Baltimore County Utility crews responded to a sanitary sewage overflow from a sewer manhole near Recycle Way and York Road, controlling the overflow at 3:30 p.m. Approximately 105,000 gallons were released into nearby Parke Run Tributary, a stream running near the commercial area and north of Recycle Way.
The sanitary sewer overflow occurred when utility crews were in the process of cleaning a sanitary sewer line. Crews installed a pump to stop the flow by 3:30 p.m. and then dislodged debris by 4 p.m.
The Baltimore County Department of Health has issued a water contact alert for the stream and will monitor water quality at the site and post further updates on the department’s website: