Sewer Line Repaired; Overflow Stopped

DPW Press Release

A suspected broken sewer main, in the 900 block of Wilmington Avenue, was reported to the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) on August 28, 2019. This was confirmed on that date by a dye test to pinpoint the leak in the Maidens Choice Creek.

The broken main was repaired by a DPW contractor on September 19, 2019, and the success of the repair was subsequently confirmed by a leak test. The total overflow of water/sewage was estimated at approximately 16,000 gallons. 

Data on all sanitary sewer overflows in available on DPW’s interactive online sanitary sewer overflow map. 

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

Baltimore continues to rapidly improve our sewer system as part of a $2 Billion Consent Decree Program.


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