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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:

Please follow this link for more information: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/health/environmentalhealth/watersampling/alertadvisory.html


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:

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/health/environmentalhealth/watersampling/alertadvisory.html


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017