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1.4 million gallons of sewer overflow mixed into Jones Falls River

1.4 million gallons of sewer overflow mixed into Jones Falls River
Posted at 12:11 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 12:11:10-04

More than 1.4 million gallons of wastewater mixed with stormwater in the Jones Falls River during an overflow on Saturday between 8:40 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Baltimore City Department of Public Works said.

The majority of the release occurred at a structured overflow in the 400 block of East Preston Street. A smaller overflow occurred in the 1900 block of Falls Road. Both were the result of water overwhelming the sewer system due to heavy rains. 

The structured overflows are designed into the city's more than 100-year-old sewer system. They are slowly being eliminated as part of a consent decree with the city. 

These overflows are in addition to 1.2 million gallons being released on May 17. The public is reminded to avoid contact with urban wastewater and water ways due to risk of pollution and other health concerns.