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Salisbury Public Works Reports Wastewater Spill

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SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury Public Works Department says a pump failure at the city's wastewater treatment plant resulted in more than 29,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater overflowing into the storm drain system and the Wicomico River.

Officials said the incident occurred between 5 and 8 a.m. Sunday, when a pump failed in the internal recycle pump station, which led to the overflow.

Repairs are being made at the pump station, according to officials, who added that the cause of the overflow is being investigated to include a thorough investigation of all personnel involved with the operation of the station where the release occurred. Officials said appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, if necessary, both during and at the conclusion of the investigation. 

Officials said the quantity of the overflow was approximately 29,390 gallons, but was initially thought to be less.  Based on the revised calculation of the size of the overflow, the Wicomico County Health Department has requested a public notification, which officials said would not have been required for a lesser amount. 

"Swimming and Fishing Advisory" signs were posted along the Wicomico River on Sunday. Officials said that according to the amount of the overflow, the sewage would have dissipated in the river in six hours. River sampling will begin on Wednesday and will continue until the health department discontinues the river testing. 

Anyone with questions is asked to call the Public Works Department at (410) 548-3170.

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