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Mill Creek Pump Station Overflow Update

Publish Date: 05/29/2014

Annapolis, Maryland (May 28, 2014) – The Department of Public Works Bureau of Utility Operations estimates the amount of wastewater lost during the sanitary sewer overflow at the Mill Creek Pump Station in Arnold to be 312,000 gallons.  The spill occurred at 10:30 p.m. last night and was the result of a two hour power outage that that began during a heavy storm event.

As a result of the overflow, the Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing and warns against direct water contact for Mill Creek and Dividing Creek.  The official announcement can be viewed by visiting the Department of Health Community Health and Recreational Water Quality Alert. 


The Bureau of Utility Operations continues work to evaluate all redundant power sources at the facility including the primary and secondary BGE electrical power sources, and the on-site generator.  The generator was tested yesterday morning at 11 a.m. and found to be in proper working order during a scheduled maintenance inspection.  A portable generator that was transported to the Mill Creek Pump Station and used during the outage will remain at the facility. 


A current capital project to improve the facility’s operations and reliability is ongoing. The $9.6 million project will upgrade the pump station's mechanical and electrical infrastructure, increase the wastewater storage volume, add an independent self-powered by-pass pump and install a new generator.  Construction is expected to be complete in December 2014.  


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