BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore City Department of Public Works estimates that approximately 5.7 million gallons of wastewater mixed with rainwater overflowed into the Jones Falls.
A department news release says the gallons of wastewater mixed with rainwater overflowed into the Jones Falls on Sunday, and 36,000 gallons overflowed into the Western Run.READ MORE: Investigation Underway Following Fatal Car Fire In Baltimore City
The Baltimore Sun reports that such releases happen every time it rains heavily in the city: precipitation enters the sewer mains through cracks and breaks, overwhelming it.
Structured overflows were designed as part of Baltimore’s sewer system more than 100 years ago.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 700 New Cases & 10 Deaths Reported Sunday
According to the department, they’re being eliminated as part of the city’s $2 billion consent decree sewer rehabilitation work.Walk To End Alzheimer's Saturday In Cockeysville Aims to Raise Awareness
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