Grease blockage in Columbia causes wastewater leakage

September 10, 2006|By Larry Carson

A grease blockage caused leakage of about 1,200 gallons of wastewater next to a fishing pier at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia this week, and warning signs will be posted there for about two weeks, according to Robert M. Beringer, utilities bureau chief for Howard County.

Beringer said the wastewater was forced up from a manhole cover in a 12-inch sewer line next to the foot path that runs between the fishing pier and a two-story pavilion near the lake's dam. The blockage was caused by grease from restaurants upstream, off Snowden River Parkway.

Beringer said the immediate blockage was cleared, and enzymes will be introduced to help dissolve grease. No solid waste escaped the line, which moves effluent to the county's Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant in Savage.

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