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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:

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3/30/17 Update - repairs completed

A sanitary sewer overflow from a Rosedale force main – discovered yesterday by Baltimore County utility crews – was stopped this morning at 10:35 a.m. Crews worked for more than a day to repair the 36-inch diameter line over Moores Run which discharged 411,200 gallons into local waters. The overflow was apparently due to the separation of two pipes which were joined at a ninety-degree angle; Baltimore County engineers are investigating the cause.

The public is advised to avoid contact with the waste water. The Baltimore County Department of Health will monitor water quality in Moores Run and Red House Creek and will issue, as necessary, water contact advisories on the Department's website:



Revised September 11, 2017