Saturday, May 11, 2013
The leak affected the Hammond Branch, a tributary of the Little Patuxent River.
Howard County health officials say a pipe that ruptured Friday in North Laurel released some 15,000 gallons of sewage, some of which drained into a tributary of the Little Patuxent River. The break, first observed around 6 a.m., occurred in a 12-inch main at 9705 Washington Blvd., according to a statement from Howard County Health Department spokeswoman Lisa M. de Hernandez. County utility personnel were able to plug the pipe and install a pump by about 10 a.m., but de Hernandez said that the leak impacted the Hammond Branch, a stream which flows into the Little Patuxent. Hyrdated lime—a sanitation aid used for sewage treatment—was applied to the affected land, de Hernandez said, and county health staff posted notices of the spill around …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The state environmental department will classify Sandy as a "20-year-storm" and probably will not assess sewage overflow penalties.
The Maryland Department of the Environment will likely not assess a penalty to Howard County for sewage overflow resulting from a loss of electricity at the county's wastewater plant in Savage, according to a spokesman. "As a general rule, we do not assess penalties for these types of storms," said Jay Apperson, a spokesman for MDE. Apperson said MDE does have legal agreements with large districts such as Howard County that would allow them to assess overflow fees when sewage flows into rivers, but due to the nature of superstorm Sandy, he said it wasn't likley the county would suffer any financial penalties. He said the wastewater overflow that occurred overnight Monday and Tuesday morning at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
20 to 25 million gallons of wastewater entered Little Patuxent during the power outage that began Monday night.
County Executive Ken Ulman said 20 to 25 million gallons of wastewater entered the Little Patuxent River in Savage after the county's wastewater plant's two electricity feeders lost power Monday night during Hurricane Sandy. The Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant lost power at 11 p.m. on Monday and wastewater continued to enter the river until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to Ulman. Once power was restored, the plant was no longer releasing wastewater into the river, according to county officials at the plant on Tuesday. “This is a very serious issue,” said Ulman, standing on top of one of the wastewater tanks next to the river. “We need to work with BGE to get more reliable power here.” He pointed across the river to a woodsy …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Howard County Health Department says the spill presents low strength danger.
Approximately 100,000 gallons of treated wastewater travelled from the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant and into the Little Patuxent River Feb. 28 after a software malfunction, reports the Howard County Times. Howard County Health Department officials released a statement saying the water, which was 90 percent treated, entered Guilford Run and then dispersed into the Little Patuxent. Officials said in the statement that the heavy rains on Feb. 29 would have significantly diluted the wastewater to a "low strength" but they are still warning residents to avoid the areas between Guilford Run and points directly downriver on the Little Patuxent.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman says he wants an explanation from Howard County about pollution in Little Patuxent River.
A local river advocate says the Little Patuxent River continues to be at risk for pollution from industrial waste and an inadequate water treatment facility. Industry and county officials say improvements have already been made. At a Savage Community Association meeting this week, Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman told members that the local wastewater treatment plant in Savage is “a leaky system.” He also said that Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association agreed two years ago to make changes to its wastewater discharge practices at its North Laurel factory but the river remains at risk. Tutman said that river water is leaking into the wastewater treatment pipes carrying raw sewage from the dairy plant. He believes this …