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DPW: Sewer main leaking an estimated 15 gallons per hour

Baltimore City Dept. of Public Works (DPW) officials estimate that a broken 21-inch sewer main is leaking 15 gallons per hour into Chinquapin Run near Loch Raven Boulevard. (Generic water photo WBFF file)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Baltimore City Dept. of Public Works (DPW) officials estimate that a broken 21-inch sewer main is leaking 15 gallons per hour into Chinquapin Run near Loch Raven Boulevard.

According to DPW, repair work is slated to begin within three weeks and will require approximately 600 feet of sewer main to be cleaned and lined, at an expected cost of $115,000.

DPW estimates the pipe will have leaked more than 10,000 gallons by next week.

"We have to order specific materials for this, complete plan of operations, and mobilize on-site," DPW spokesperson Kurt Kocher wrote in an emailed statement when asked about the timeline for repairs.

Officials say signs are posted in the area of the leak, warning people to not come in contact with the water.

"Citizens are encouraged to avoid contact with urban streams due to possible pollution," DPW wrote in a statement. "Baltimore City is in the construction phase of the $1 billion Consent Decree rehabilitation of our sewer infrastructure."

Once the repair work begins it should take four weeks to complete, DPW said.

The leak was found through routine dye testing, which DPW uses to assess the integrity of its sewer infrastructure.

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