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Sewer leak spills 32,000 gallons of sewage into the Jones Falls

A leaking pipe spilled 32,000 gallons of sewage into the Jones Falls over three months.

Repairs were completed this week on a sewer line that Baltimore Department of Public Works officials say slowly leaked for three months, discharging an estimated 32,000 gallons of sewage into the Jones Falls before it was discovered.

Officials investigating a slow seepage of wastewater infiltrating a storm drain line that empties into the Jones Falls found cracks in a 10-inch sewer line in the 5100 block of Falls Road. Repairs were completed Wednesday, DPW said.

The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Baltimore City Health Department were notified.

Baltimore is in the midst of a $1 billion sewer overhaul required under a consent order signed in 2002 with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of the Environment. The order settled a lawsuit brought against the city for polluting local waters.

cwells@baltsun.com

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