HAGERSTOWN - The day after the City of Hagerstown's latest spill of partially treated sewage into Antietam Creek, Mayor William M. Breichner and three City Council members said fixing the situation is their top priority.
Councilman Lewis Metzner wants citizens to know: "Money is not an issue. Overflows into Antietam Creek are not acceptable."
Up to 4 million gallons of wastewater that had not been disinfected were dumped into Antietam Creek on Friday after electrical equipment failed, city officials said.
It was the second time this month that the city released water that had not been disinfected into the creek.
Both spills were caused by the switch gear equipment shorting out, city officials said.
The city also has spilled partially treated sewage into the creek due to other causes.
"I would say that this is the number one priority for all of us, for the whole city, and it has been," Councilwoman Carol Moller said. "It's just unfortunate for this to happen, and to happen one right on top of the other before (they were able to get it fixed)."