Fresh Water, Foul Sewage
Sewage flows into the Gwynns Falls for nearly a week
Latest break – caused by a collapsed pipe – was four blocks from city’s last major sewer leak
More sewage has flowed into Baltimore waterways, according to the Department of Public Works (DPW), which today disclosed another 17,700 gallons released into the Gwynns Falls and, hence, to the stream’s outfall into the harbor near Horseshoe Casino.
The overflow of human waste was caused by a damaged 8-inch sewer pipe in the 2500 block of Edmondson Avenue.
The location was four blocks north of a just-plugged underground leak in the 2500 block of West Lexington Street that had released nearly 600,000 gallons of sewage water into the Gwynns Falls between August 25 and October 26.
The latest overflow was discovered by DPW’s Office of Compliance and Laboratories during what DPW described as “proactive, routine stream sampling on Wednesday, October 25.”
Crews viewing the line with a closed circuit camera found multiple leaks points and a collapse in the pipe segment. They installed a bypass and stopped the discharge yesterday (October 31) at 5:50 p.m.
The underground break did not cause any sewage to spill into the streets, DPW said.