Charles crews replace pumps after sewerage spill


La Plata, MD – A 5.8-million-gallon raw wastewater overflow near Mattawoman Creek was the result of what Charles County Government officials have labeled “multiple pump failures” at a sewerage treatment plant. The pump failures coincided with heavy rains in the area of Route 225. According to a text from the Charles County Department of Public Works/Utilities Division, “the overflow was discovered at 10 a.m.” Public Works crews stopped the overflow at approximately 5:30 p.m. The raw wastewater seeped from “several manholes adjacent to Mattawoman Creek.

County officials reported that notices were posted along Mattawoman Creek cautioning residents to avoid the contact with the creek. Department of Public Works Assistant Director for Utilities Gregory Boykin told that the signs will remain posted until health officials have completed water quality testing.

Boykin also said that temporary diesel pumps are being used while the ones that failed earlier this week are repaired. The treatment plant is now back to normal operations.

In addition to the local Health Department, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) was immediately notified about the raw wastewater spillage. Boykin said county officials will submit a report on the incident to MDE. “They will investigate if what we report doesn’t add up,” said Boykin.

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