A damaged sewer line sent an estimated 15,000 gallons of wastewater into Herring Run over the last 24 hours.
Sewage from an eight-inch sanitary pipe – ruptured as a result of a water main break yesterday above the pipe – was stopped today at Brehms Lane and Kenyon Avenue in the Belair-Edison section of northeast Baltimore.
The overflow was caused when water from the broken water main eroded the roadway and damaged the sewer main and storm drain below it.
Sewage entered the storm drain and was released into Herring Run at the outfall where Brehms Lane crosses the stream.
Crews stopped the overflow with by-pass pumping. The Department of Public Works estimates that 15,000 gallons of wastewater were released. The water main break also “impacted” 130 homes in the Belair-Edison area.
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Baltimore Health Department were notified of the overflow, and Herring Run has been posted, according to DPW. The overflow did not affect local or area drinking water, the agency said.