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This week’s storms sent at least 9.8 million gallons of sewage into Baltimore waterways—and more is coming

Photo by Ethan McLeod

Baltimore’s sewer system was not made to withstand the increasingly severe weather patterns and human waste volumes of the 21st century, as evidenced by the clockwork-like outflows of poopy water into the Jones Falls, Gwynns Falls and other waterways every time the city sees heavy rains. This sadly remained true for the last six days, when pummeling rainstorms sent at least 9.8 million gallons of mixed sewage and rainwater overflowing into local streams and the harbor.

Responding to activists, Mayor Pugh, DPW director assure they don’t want to privatize Baltimore’s water system

Photo by Joe Shlabotnik, via Flickr

Fear not, Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore City Department of Public Works Director Rudy Chow say: Baltimore’s water system will remain in public control, despite any charter amendments that activists worry could open up a pathway for privatization.

DPW: Baltimore maintains overall ‘excellent’ drinking water, by federal standards

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Even as auditors have spotted some major waste issues in Baltimore’s drinking water system, the city has some good news: The Department of Public Works’ latest annual report says the city still has very high-quality drinking water.

Amid Cold Spell, DPW Tracks Water Main Breaks and Repairs on Interactive Map

Broken (red), in-repair (yellow) and fixed (blue) water mains. Still from map, via Baltimore City DPW.

As of around 4 p.m. today, city work crews and contractors are dealing with as many as 95 water mains that have busted in Baltimore City and County due to the ongoing frigid cold spell.

Water Bills Will Soon be Too Expensive for More than Half of Baltimore Households, Report Says

Photo by Ángelo González

Baltimore’s ongoing water and sewer rate hikes are fast becoming too expensive for most of the city, according to a new report by an independent economist.

Baltimore’s Drinking Water Ranked the 10th Best in the Country

Image by Chihonglee, via Wikimedia Commons

For all of Baltimore’s infrastructural problems, our drinking water is first-rate, according to a magazine’s new ranking of municipal water systems.

Baltimore’s Sewer-Dwelling ‘Fatberg’ is No More

A view from inside the pipe. Image via DPW.


City work crews yesterday laid into the massive hunk of congealed fat, wet wipes and literal crap that piled up under Station North.

SNL Goes with Fast Food Toilet Humor Joke on Baltimore’s ‘Fatberg’

A view from inside the pipe. Image via DPW.

Baltimore made its way into Michael Che and Colin Yost’s “Weekend Update” segment during the season premiere of Saturday Night Live last night.

Man-Made ‘Fatberg’ Causes 1.2M Gallons of Sewage to Overflow into Jones Falls

A small “fatberg.” Photo courtesy of Blue Water Baltimore.

The creatures that inhabit Baltimore’s Jones Falls are more than familiar with the putrid overflows that arrive with even moderate rains. But last Thursday, on what should have been an off day for sewer discharges, a whopping 1.2 million gallons entered the waterway thanks to a gunky, man-made buildup in a sewer line running below Station North.

Glitch at DPW Yields Screwed-Up (Shortened) Water Bills


Was your water bill for last month extraordinarily low? Unfortunately, your low household consumption probably wasn’t the reason.