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Date: Jul 26, 2017

Public advised to avoid contact with water while Department of Health monitors water quality

A sanitary sewer overflow was discovered late Tuesday morning in a wooded area north of Coppermill Court in Owings Mills. Crews from Baltimore County’s Bureau of Utilities responded to contain the discharge from a sewer manhole. They worked through the day to establish a pump-around using three pumps. The release was stopped by 10:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

The sewage overflow, estimated at 212,500 gallons, was apparently the result of damage from stream debris to two manholes which happened during recent, hard rains. Debris entered the damaged manholes and blocked an 18-inch diameter pipe.

The overflow occurred in a densely wooded area, from a manhole located in a tributary to the Gwynns Falls. Utility crews are liming and cleaning up the area, but the public is advised to avoid contact with the water. The Baltimore County Department of Health is monitoring water quality in the area and has issued a water contact advisory on the Department's website:

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Revised September 11, 2017