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DPW reporting rainfall causing sewer overflow in streams and harbor

Posted at 10:53 PM, Jul 30, 2018

With the major rainfall plaguing the area, Baltimore City Department of Public Works officials are reporting that large amounts of rainwater are entering the city's sewers and causing overflows into streams and the harbor. 

In June, WMAR-2 News' Investigative Reporter Brian Kuebler reported that DPW was making major changes to the old system after realizing that the city's 100-year-old infrastructure wasn't able to sustain sewer water that caused an overflow in the streams.

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Federal agencies stepped in and deemed it an environmental hazard. This prompted officials to take action and solve the issue to eliminate the old sewer system. The city and the county funded $429 million to have crews build a huge tank to end the sewage clogs.

But now, more heavy rainfall is pouring down in the area causing, yet again, another overflow problem.

DPW says that from July 21 to July 25 data shows that the stormwater mixed with sewage water overflow resulted in 45 million gallons to be poured into streams and the harbor. This number surpasses the 20 million gallons overflow totals reported in June due to rainfall. 

The Baltimore City Health Department and the Maryland Department of the Environment were notified of the sewage releases.

DPW officials urge the public to avoid contact with urban waterways due to the risk of pollution. 

For more information about health concerns as a result of the recent sewer overflows, click here