UPDATE: Millions of Gallons of Raw Sewage Overflows into Little Patuxent

County officials said Tuesday that drinking water was safe to consume, despite the spill.


Update - 12:35 p.m.

Howard County officials reported one of the electrical feeders at the wastewater plant has been restored and work is continuing on the second one.

Officials noted in a statement that the wastewater treatment system and drinking water supply system are totally separate and there has been no risk to the drinking supply in the county.

This story was updated at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday

Two electrical feeds were cut off at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant on Monday evening causing millions of gallons of raw sewage to overflow into the Little Patuxent River in Savage, according to the Baltimore Sun.

County Executive Ken Ulman said on his Facebook page Tuesday that drinking water was safe to consume in Howard County and there was no need to boil water.

The county's utilities bureau chief, Stephen Gerwin, told the Sun BGE was unable to restore power to the facility on Monday night due to high winds, but had planned to work on the issue early Tuesday morning.

The plant was discharging about 2 million gallons per hour, although much of that was rain water coming out of the plant as well, according to the report.

Howard County Councilwoman Courtney Watson reported on her Facebook page Tuesday morning that power had not yet been restored to the plant.

"HC has all resources on site at the sewage treatment plant in Savage in order to control the sewage spill caused by the BGE electrical supply failing" she wrote. "BGE is working to restore power."

Also, Watson cautioned people to "stay away from flood waters near Little Patuxent."

The reclamation plant handles about 56 percent of the county's wastewater from the towns of Columbia, Savage and North Laurel, according to the county's website.

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