BGE Says It Was Actually the City’s Contractor That Broke a ‘Large Sewer Line’ in Westport, Sending Sewage Spewing

BGE Says It Was Actually the City’s Contractor That Broke a ‘Large Sewer Line’ in Westport, Sending Sewage Spewing

Ethan McLeod | Baltimore Fishbowl

One day after the city blamed a Baltimore Gas and Electric-contracted crew for damaging a sewer line in Westport and sending thousands of gallons of sewage flowing out by the hour, the utility giant is saying was actually a city contractor that caused the foul leak.

As BGE tells it, the story is a bit muddier than originally stated by the Department of Baltimore Works.

In a statement Wednesday, the company said the issue originated with a job they were performing last month, on Sept. 19. That day, BGE-contracted crews were “following safe digging practices” near Kent Street and Annapolis Road, “yet damage occurred to an underground sewer line that was improperly marked,” the company said. BGE’s contractor notified DPW about the damage and asked them to make the needed repairs.

Yesterday, a little over two weeks later, DPW sent out its own contractor to do just that, BGE said: “During the repair work by the city contractor, additional damage occurred, resulting in the release of sewage in the area…” (Read the full story)

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