Sewage taints Odenton waters

April 17, 2007

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health urged the public yesterday to avoid an Odenton waterway after nearly 600,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled during a pair of overflows at a pumping station.

About 500,000 gallons flowed over the top of a tank Sunday near the Piney Orchard Wastewater Treatment Facility during heavy rainfall, said Doug Conaway, chief of operations for the wastewater group at the Maryland Environmental Service, which operates the facility. Another 90,000 gallons spewed out of a manhole during a power outage yesterday, he said.

An outage caused by a contractor April 6 previously had sent 60,000 gallons of sewage pouring out, including 1,000 gallons that went into Rogue Harbor Branch, near the Little Patuxent River.

The county Health Department said the new spills contaminated the waterway more than the April 6 event, said spokeswoman Elin Jones, but the amount is still being determined.

The department, which lifted from advisory from the April 6 event on Friday, instructed anyone who comes in contact with the affected water to wash with soap and warm water.

Conaway said the agency is looking into installing emergency backup power at the site.

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