Jan. 14—By Dillon Mullan — [email protected]
January 14, 2024 at 5:47 p.m.
Sewage from a Howard County water treatment plant polluted the Little Patuxent River last week.
The Howard County Health Department issued a precautionary health alert after an estimated 138,888 gallons of sewage overflowed at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant in Savage on Tuesday.
“Part of the flow traveled overland into the Little Patuxent River, immediately adjacent to the plant. Most of the flow entered a storm drain, which also discharged into the river,” the department said in a news release.
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The Howard County Department of Public Works was first notified of the overflow at 10 p.m., and personnel shut off valves to stop the overflow by 10:15 p.m., according to the release from Wednesday. The area of the overflow is not accessible to the public, though the Little Patuxent, which flooded earlier that day, eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay.
The Howard County Public School System closed schools three hours earlier in the day as parts of Howard County were forecast to receive up to 4 inches of rain, and the National Weather Service issued a flood warning.
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