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Broken sewer pipe leaks 10,000+ gallons into Gwynns Falls

Broken sewer pipe leaks 10,000+ gallons into Gwynns Falls (File photo)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - More than 10,000 gallons of sewage leaked into the Gwynns Falls from a broken pipe in southwest Baltimore, reported the city's public works department Wednesday.

Engineers found the leak during routine sampling on Tuesday, Sept. 12, on West Lexington Street near Warwick Avenue, in the Shipley Hill area, according to a press release.

None of the overflow from the 12-inch clay sewer pipe has reached the street.

The pipe is leaking in four segments, into a drain that discharges into the Gwynns Falls, according to the news release.

The pipe was built in 1928. Engineers are now planning to rehab almost 940 feet of the pipe by lining it.

The public is reminded to avoid contact with urban water due to pollution risks.


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