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Sewage leak pours 36,000 gallons of waste into West Baltimore stream

Don't swim in the Gwynns Falls.

The second raw sewage leak announced in as many weeks poured 36,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into a Baltimore stream Thursday, the city's Department of Public Works said.

The overflow ran into Maidens Choice Run, a tributary of the Gwynns Falls near the 800 block of Unetta Ave., the department said. The leak, attributed to this week's heavy rain, was confirmed at about 2 p.m. and took three hours to stop.

Last week, the department announced it took eight days to repair a broken sewer pipe that dribbled 17,553 gallons of wastewater into the Gwynns Falls in West Baltimore last month.

The department did not say why the pollution took so long to stop or why it did not disclose the leak to the public until two weeks after the leak was fixed.

In both occasions, the department said it filed sewage overflow notices with the state Department of the Environment and the city Health Department as required.

Signs are permanently posted along stream banks of the Gwynns Falls, and the public is advised to avoid contact with urban streams due to pollution concerns, the DPW said.

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