300K Gallons of Raw Sewage Spills into Bush River: Harford County

The spills occurred at a pair of pumping stations, Harford County government reported.

File photo of signage at a site where wastewater spilled. (Credit: Bethel Patch)
File photo of signage at a site where wastewater spilled. (Credit: Bethel Patch)
More than 300,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Bush River from two pumping stations in the county due to last week's rainfall, Harford County government reported Monday.

Harford County had 7.57 inches of rain during the storm, according to unofficial totals from the National Weather Service. That was the highest amount of rainfall recorded in the state, and it was measured at Aberdeen Proving Ground, according to the weather service.

Related: 1.8 Million Gallons of Sewage Overflows at APG in Edgewood

"The county systems performed very well under difficult conditions," according to a statement from Harford County government.

Approximately 300,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the Bush River from the Bill Bass pumping station located in Edgewood, the statement said. The spill occurred from 3 p.m. Wednesday to 2 a.m. Thursday, according to the report.

Also on Wednesday, there was a spill at the East Baker Avenue pumping station in Abingdon, the county reported. Approximately 200 gallons spilled from the station into the Bush River between 5 and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the report.

The Harford County Department of Public Works reported the overflow conditions to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Harford County Health Department at 11 a.m. on Thursday, according to the report.

Officials said that signs calling attention to the spill were posted at each site.

Signage will remain up for 30 days, and the public is advised to avoid contact with the water around the two pumping stations, The Aegis reported.

At the Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, more than 1 million gallons of partially treated sewage overflowed, the installation reported last week.
Jim May 06, 2014 at 08:17 AM
There are dozens of sewage treatment plants lining the perimiter of the bay.They cannot handle the huge increase in housing and are to costly to upgrade. The simple solution is to dump it into the bay , blame it on a faulty valve or storm runoff and pay a small fine.This is done several times every year as far back as I can remember at Sod Run and Kings Creek sewage plants. The EPA and the Save the Bay Foundation are both aware of this and say and do nothing, other than solicit donations under the pretense of caring about the environment. Check online as to the number of plants lining the bay and their spill history. Every plant has accidental spills every year to the tune of billions of gallons of sewage flowing directly into the bay
Nancy Cohee Spencer May 06, 2014 at 12:38 PM
There were people fishing at the ramp on Kennard Avenue last night. The signs they usually put up are very small and you don't see them unless you go to the ramp. People who live on the waterfront don't go to the ramp - they enter the water from their piers - the signs should be on the main road. These spills are a dirty little secret that just goes on and on. Another problem in the Bush River is the red clay that runs into the river under Rt 40. During this last rain, the entire upper half of the river was red. Its clearly visible from Rt 40 today.


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