County says vandalized pipe to blame for sewage overflow

April 01, 2013

Baltimore County officials say a sewer overflow that discharged an estimated 16,800 gallons of waste into a tributary of White Marsh Run was discovered this past week.

County health department officials said the tributary flows to the Bird River, and that said the overflow resulted from a vandalized eight-inch sewer line.

County utility crews contained the overflow with a pump, but officials said that due to it occurring in a wooded area, between Gunpowder Crossing Lane and Pulaski Highway, the overflow went undetected for two weeks.

There was an estimated average daily flow of 1,200 gallons over that period, officials said.

Baltimore County Department of Health officials said they will be monitoring water quality in the area affected by the overflow, and will publish water quality advisories as necessary.  As of Monday, no advisories were posted.

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