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Force Main Break Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Shady Side

Annapolis, Maryland (June 4, 2018) – The Anne Arundel County Departmnet of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Utility Crews repaired a 12-inch sewer force main last night along Columbia Beach Road in Shady Side.  Crews responded to the force main break around 7 p.m.   The wastewater lost due to last night's force main break in Shady Side did not reach waters of the Chesapeake Bay.  The sanitary sewer overflow was contained before any wastewater reached the Chesapeake Bay.  


Signs alerting the public of the overflow have been posted.  The overflow has been reported to the County Department of Health and the Maryland Department of the Environment.  County Health officials advise people coming in contact with the affected ground to immediately wash well with soap and warm water.  Clothing should also be washed.


The force main break occured approximately 900 feet from the Bay.  The cause of the break was determined to be external corrosion.  The affected area was limed and vacuumed.  Any necessary clean up activities will continue today.

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