Sanitary Sewer Overflow on Franklintown Road

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Grease, wipes, and other debris contributed to a dry-weather sanitary sewer overflow on Sept. 13 near the 1200 block of N. Franklintown Road.  This overflow released 1.14 million gallons of sewer water into the Gwynns Falls.

Citizens are reminded that FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) should not be washed or flushed down the drain. FOG can lead to the formation of “fatbergs” and plumbing obstructions.  Instead of pouring grease down the kitchen sink, toilet, or storm drain, pour cooled cooking oil and grease from foods into a container or can. Let the grease solidify, then put it in the trash. 

DPW advises the public to avoid direct contact with receiving waters impacted by this 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 more information regarding potential health impacts, please visit the Baltimore City Health Department's website.

For information pertaining to a specific overflow in Baltimore City, visit the DPW interactive online sewer overflow map or call the Baltimore City Department of Public Works at 410-545-6541.

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