Illegal sump pump connections to Aberdeen sewer system contributed to backup during Tropical Storm Isaias, officials say

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About 178,000 gallons of sewage was not treated by Aberdeen’s wastewater treatment plant during Tropical Storm Isaias due to the surge of water making its way into the system, coupled with residents’ illegal connections to the system, city officials said.

Though that sounds bad, director of public works Kyle Torster said the system worked much better than before, and that the diluted sewage was unlikely to make it into any named tributaries and Maryland waters. With the exception of this backup, the system has handled significant rains well this year, Torster said. That has not always been the case…Read More

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