Heavy Rains Contribute to Sewer Overflows

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DPW Reports Sewer Overflows Due to Heavy Rains on July 11

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) estimates that over 3.6 million gallons of storm water combined with wastewater overflowed into the Jones Falls when heavy rains hit the City during evening rush hour on Thursday, July 11, 2019. The evening’s heavy rains caused an additional 2.4 million gallons of storm and sewer water to flow into the Herring Run Stream. 

Sewer Overflow into Gwynns Falls Abated Same Day

Trash and debris contributed to a sewer overflow Tuesday, July 9, in the 4600 block of Briarclift Road.  This overflow of about 14,400 gallons occurred during dry weather and was caused by a combination of trash, rocks and other debris.  

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Rains over the weekend and continuing on Monday, July 8, 2019, contributed to sewer overflows of about 1.3 million gallons of stormwater mixed with sewer water.

The overflows spilled into the Jones Falls through two structured, underground overflow points. These structured overflows were designed more than 100 years ago to relieve pressure when stormwater infiltration exceeds the sewer pipes’ capacity, and will be removed as part of the ongoing work of Baltimore City’s sanitary sewer consent decree.

The public is advised to avoid direct contact with the receiving waters impacted by these or any other overflow.  Waterways throughout Baltimore City are considered impaired, and may not meet applicable standards for full-body contact recreation, including swimming, regardless of the impact of a specific sewer overflow.  Accordingly, the City discourages full-body contact with all surface waters.

For additional information regarding potential health impacts, please visit: https://health.baltimorecity.gov/sanitary-sewer-overflows-sso or call 410-396-4428. For additional information pertaining to a specific overflow, please call the Baltimore City Department of Public Works at 410-545-6541.

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