Due to activities associated with repairing a discharge line on Lake Shore Drive, Garrett County Department of Public Utilities (DPW-U) experienced a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) of approximately 3,200 gallons yesterday. At no time was service to DPW-U customers interrupted.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday December 26, 2017, the Garrett County Department of Public Works – Utilities Division – Maintenance Division experienced a sanitary sewer overflow at 392 Lake Shore Dr. The SSO occurred during the repair of a broken discharge line from the grinder pump serving 392 Lake Shore Drive. It was determined that the 1 ½-inch service tap broke at the main and could not be isolated with the valve.
Workers moved quickly to minimize the impact of the broken service tap and, at approximately 1:00 p.m., the DPW-U tanker arrived on site to contain the leak. Subsequently, two other privately owned tankers were dispatched to assist with the containment and repair operation. At approximately 6:30 p.m., DPW-U personnel completed repairs to service lateral and tap serving 392 Lake Shore Drive and returned the system to service.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on December 26, 2017, DPW-U personnel contacted the Garrett County Health Department (GCHD). Due to the weather conditions and ice cover on the lake in the area of the spill, water sampling could not be accomplished by DPW-U. GCHD deemed no public health risk from this situation. Therefore, no signage or warnings were issued.
Out of an abundance of caution, DPW-U personnel applied hydrated lime to the affected ground.