Sanitary Sewer Overflow Numbers in Steady Decline

Sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) in Baltimore have been in decline for five consecutive years, falling 31 percent since Fiscal Year 2012, according to a review by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW). In the fiscal year concluded June 30, 2017, Baltimore recorded 464 SSOs. That is down from 670 SSOs in Fiscal 2012.

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Keep FOG out of the Drains this Holiday Season

As you prepare your meals for Thanksgiving and other holidays this season, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works reminds residents to avoid “fatbergs” and other plumbing obstructions by keeping cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG) out of drains.

Make sure your FOG goes “from the pan to the can.”  Instead of pouring grease down the kitchen sink, toilet, or storm drain, pour cooled cooking oil and grease from foods into a metal container or can. Let it cool, then put it in the trash. 


Baltimore Invites Local Food Pantries to Join Clean Drain Campaign

The Baltimore Clean Drain Campaign is offering a chance to help Baltimore’s food banks and food pantries feed the hungry, while also taking steps that will help reduce sewer overflows and basement backups.