Countywide Sewer Overflows
Towson, Maryland (May 1, 2014) – During yesterday’s major storm, sanitary overflows were reported at three sewage pumping stations: the Long Quarter Station on Dulaney Valley Road in Eudowood, the Frederick Road Station on Frederick Road in Catonsville and the Essex Pumping Station on Riverside Drive in Essex. All pumping stations had available pumps pumping but were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the inflow and infiltration from the storm. All were recently renovated or rebuilt.
The overflows began between 4 and 5 p.m. yesterday afternoon and all ceased about 11 p.m. during the night as the storm subsided. The largest overflow was from the Long Quarter Pumping station where a release of 1.6 million gallons was reported. The discharge was released into the Loch Raven Reservoir. An estimated release of 25,000 gallons was reported at the Frederick Road Station which discharges to the Patapsco River, and a release of 25,000 gallons was reported at the Essex Station which discharges to Back River.
Water Quality Monitored
The public is advised to avoid contact with the waste water. The Baltimore county Department of Health will monitor water quality at the sites and issue water contact advisories if necessary.