The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Baltimore:
Permanent Sewage?

Jan 18, 2016

On December 31, the city of Baltimore was supposed to have completed 13 years of work to prevent constant overflows of sewage from its aging water and sewer system. But in those 13 years, the city has only worked on 85 miles of sewer lines, out of a total of 300 miles.

But hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage still spew out into the streams running into the harbor. And 335 million gallons of those spills went unreported despite a consent decree requiring Baltimore City to clean up this mess.

There are consequences for residents throughout the area. Baltimore’s neighborhood streams show elevated counts of dangerous bacteria, especially after rain storms. Some residents have faced sewage backing up into their basements. And the water is so polluted that one expert said no one should boat in the Inner Harbor.

So polluted for boats – but it’s OK for us to drink? This is not reasonable!