20K-Gallon Sewage Overflow Enters Baltimore Harbor

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s Department of Public Works says a power outage sent about 20,000 gallons of sewage into the outer harbor.

The 40-minute outage at the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Facility on Saturday evening caused a 40,000 gallon overflow. About half of the overflow re-entered the sanitary sewer on site, but the rest went into the storm drain system and then into the outer harbor.

Officials blame the overflow on a power outage and a circuit interruption to backup power. Officials are investigating whether the incident is related to Saturday’s storms or other causes.

The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Baltimore City Health Department have been notified.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Doug

    Why aren’t we selling our collective bowels to the mid-west , in the form of fertilizer .
    Think of all those delicious vegetable’s we could grow
    from our annual B.M. droppings.
    Just food for thought.

  • pigeon

    A when do they plan on having the inner harbor safe for swimming? Not in my life time!

  • pigeon

    Ooops – should read AND when…….

  • williejoe

    Nothing new here. Happens all the time. If you get caught peeing overboard though, the Coast Guard will impound you vessel, fine & throw u in the slammer. Where I come from it’s called hyprocisy.

  • overregulated

    Where is O’Malley? Septic systems sre to blame in his eyes, but his eyes won’t be cast upon the mass pollution that is Baltimore City and its surrounding area.

    Where is the Bay Foundation?

    They won’t say a thing, they will just find ways to strip more rights away from the Eastern Shore so they can posture that they are saving the bay.

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