Heavy Rain-Induced Overflows Strike Deep Creek Lake

Jun 29

Heavy Rain-Induced Overflows Strike Deep Creek Lake

Across the nation, many cities have been engulfed by heavy rains this month. The small community of McHenry, MD. was not left out. On two separate, but near occasions, Western Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake sustained a sewage spill and a sewer overflow. One overflow was due to a section of culvert pipe that washed out after heavy rains, causing a break in a six-inch...

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Sewer Rehabilitation near Morrow Drive

Feb 24

Sewer Rehabilitation near Morrow Drive

Residents of Washington D.C., DC Water crews are in the process of replacing a 14-foot segment of damaged sewer pipe located in National Park Service (NPS) park land. More specifically, the work will take place in the park area adjacent to Morrow Drive, NW between Joyce Road, NW and Stage Road. Normal work hours will be from 9:30am until 2:45pm, Monday through...

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Washington DC’s Blue Plains and Clean Rivers

Jan 22

Washington DC’s Blue Plains and Clean Rivers

The Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is in good standing, as a result of compliance with environmental regulations and advanced methods of wastewater treatment.  The technology and facilities at Blue Plains are up-to-date, however, the sewer infrastructure that feeds the DC Water service area is aging and requires updates and improvements. To make the...

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Baltimore’s High Cost Sewer Correction

Sep 21

Baltimore’s High Cost Sewer Correction

The City of Baltimore is prepared to overhaul a leaky and aging sewer system at a pricey $400 million. There have been many costly initiatives over the last decade in an effort to fix the ailing sewer system. However, the City’s harbor has yet to be free of contamination due to substances spilling from a sewer line laden with potentially harmful bacteria.  It...

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DC Water Performs Dye Test to Confirm Sewer Leak

Sep 02

DC Water Performs Dye Test to Confirm Sewer Leak

In a remote area of Soapstone Creek, beyond the Soapstone Valley trail, there was a slow leak detected in a sewer pipe. It almost went unnoticed but through a series of tests which required the use of dye, the leak was detected and repaired. DC Water Dept. inspectors poured a concentrated green dye into a manhole upstream from the ooze site, and sure enough, green...

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Sewer Main Leaks into Patuxent River

Aug 12

Sewer Main Leaks into Patuxent River

A broken Sewer main has caused almost 1 million gallons of sewage to flow into the Patuxent River. The City has closed the north end portion of the river’s Rocky Gorge reservoir for a 30 day timeframe. Other areas were affected, as well, including Lake Hallowell and Hawlings River. The City is very mindful of the Clean Water Act and has stated that the water is...

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