Sewer blockage causes spill

August 30, 2006|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN REPORTER

Howard County officials discovered and cleared yesterday a sewer pipe blockage that might have spilled 720,000 gallons of untreated wastewater over eight days onto wooded ground in an industrial area of Jessup.

Jeff Mozal, operations manager for the county Bureau of Utilities, said plastic bags, grease and debris clogged a 12-inch pipe near Montevideo Road that takes waste to Baltimore's Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant, causing water to back up and pour from manholes along the line. The water soaked into the ground and was not near any streams, he said.

The leak was found after a county inspector noticed low flow levels in meters that monitor the line.

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