From Harford County government:
The Harford County Department of Public Works has reported that an overflow of raw of partially treated sewage occurred during the height of Hurricane Irene. The incident occurred at the Bill Bass Sewage Pumping Station located in the unit block of Kennard Avenue in Edgewood.
Officials with DPW reported the incident to the Maryland Department of Environment. The overflow occurred between 1:00 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2011. The overflow of discharge is estimated at approximately 263,000 gallons, and may have reached the Bush River. The hurricane produced above average rainfall that exceeded and overwhelmed the station design. Officials advised the station pumps were pumping at maximum output designed.
In addition to the notification of the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Harford County Health Department was also appraised of the incident. The DPW also posted overflow signage at water entry points as well as the entrance to the area.
The Department of Public Works determined that the overflow of the Bill Bass Sewage Pumping Station was the only such incident of the county’s waste water treatment system during the hurricane. Officials also advised the overflow was mostly heavy clear rain water.
Plans are already underway by the Department of Public Works to upgrade the pump capacity of the Bill Bass Sewage Pumping Station.
For further information regarding the incident, contact James C. Hynes, Jr. of the Department of Public Works, at 410-937-1033.