Officials warn of Bush River sewage spill

September 05, 2005

A sewage spill yesterday in Perryman prompted a warning from the Harford County Health Department against swimming or other contact with water in the Bush River in the Park Beach Drive area.

The spill occurred when a pipe broke in a holding tank at Harford's Perryman Surge Facility, which handles sewage from three pumping stations, said Susan Collins, a county government spokeswoman.

About noon, a caller reported a bad odor in the area. Subsequent investigation by the Water and Sewer Division of the county Public Works Department located the break at 3:30 p.m. It was repaired within three hours, but by then about 6,000 gallons of untreated sewage had spilled into the river, Collins said.

The public was warned not to have contact with the water in that area for the next 30 days, Collins said.

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