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Officials say sewage spill posed no danger

October 10, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - A small sewage spill discovered Monday in Tom's Run, a stream that runs through Clear Spring, posed no danger to residents downstream, Washington County Health Department officials said Wednesday.

"The stream was checked a distance from the spill and we saw minnows swimming in the water," said Laurie Bucher, health department director of environmental health. She estimated fewer than three gallons of sewage made it into the stream.

She said no public warning was necessary in this case.

The spill occurred behind Al's Pizza and Convenience Store at 12911 Clear Spring Road. Bucher said there was a backup from the third cleanout drain coming from the business.

"It was mostly dishwashing water," Bucher said. "No human waste was apparent."

Town Councilman Bill Albowicz said the town employee who reads water meters discovered the problem Monday.

"I don't know how long it had been like that because the stream has been very low," Albowicz said.

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The business is one of the last properties on the line before sewage reaches the town's wastewater treatment plant.

Bucher said the same thing happened at the same spot about two months ago on the line from Al's Pizza and Convenience Store. It wasn't fixed properly then it happened again, Bucher said.

"I pulled the business' food service license and shut the establishment down Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. until the problem was fixed properly this time," Bucher said.

Business owner Filip Petre confirmed Wednesday that the problem was taken care of Monday.

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