Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Massive Sewage Spill in Baltimore

When it rains, it pours.
...Nearly 4.7 million gallons of untreated but diluted wastewater overflowed from city sewer lines during Thursday's downpour, spilling down city streets and flooding the lower level of the Penn Station parking garage, a city public works spokesman said Monday.

Six different major sewage overflows occurred in the city, according to spokesman Kurt Kocher, with the largest dumping 4.4 million gallons into the Jones Falls in the 400 block of E. Eager St. near the Baltimore Detention Center...
I pisses me off that cities won't pay enough to take care of their own wastes.  The citizens of Maryland as a whole are to be held responsible for the failure of Baltimore to keep it's own shit under control, through the "Flush Tax."  That's money that we could use to upgrade our own septic systems, which the state is arguing is such a problem that it need to to replace with sewage systems, that they would no doubt allow to overflow...
The overall sewage overflow for that one day surpassed all the spills reported by the city for the previous two years combined — 1.6 million gallons in 2010 and 2.2 million gallons in 2009. Sewage overflows and chronic dry-weather leaks are among the major causes of the high bacteria levels that render Baltimore's harbor and the streams that feed into it unsafe for swimming or wading.
 And it's supposed to rain again tomorrow.

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