Pipe ruptures during upgrade, spilling sewage into Jones Falls


October 11, 2005|By NICOLE FULLER

A crew working to upgrade aging Baltimore sewer lines accidentally ruptured a pipe Sunday night, causing a leak of at least 10,000 gallons of sewage into the Jones Falls.

The overflow occurred in the 3400 block of Clipper Mill Road after a 27-inch line was ruptured during work on a $900 million rehabilitation of the city's sewer lines. Officials identified the source of the spill about 10 a.m. yesterday.

"It's somewhat ironic," said Kurt L. Kocher, a spokesman for Baltimore's Department of Public Works. "We're doing this work that is going to protect the streams. But this is something inadvertent that is causing a moderate sewage spill."

Kocher said he expected the spill to be contained by today, when work will begin to repair the line.

Signs have been posted at the Jones Falls warning people to avoid contact with the water, officials said.

The Maryland Department of the Environment and the city Health Department are working to determine the impact of the spill.

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