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File #: 21-0016R    Version: 0 Name: Investigative Hearing - Building Backups of Untreated Sewage
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 2/8/2021 In control: Health, Environment, and Technology
On agenda: Final action: 4/5/2021
Enactment #:
Title: Investigative Hearing - Building Backups of Untreated Sewage For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Law Department, the Health Department, and the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management to appear before the City Council to discuss the effectiveness and sufficiency of measures being taken to address basement backups of raw sewage in the City.
Sponsors: Kristerfer Burnett, Zeke Cohen, Ryan Dorsey, Phylicia Porter, Sharon Green Middleton, Odette Ramos, John T. Bullock
Indexes: Building, Investigative Hearing, sewage
Attachments: 1. 21-0016R~1st Reader, 2. Law 21-0016R, 3. DHCD 21-00016R, 4. OPI 21-0016R, 5. BCIT 311 Call Center 21-0016R, 6. Health 21-0016R, 7. Finance 21-0016R, 8. OEM 21-0016R, 9. DPW 21-0016R, 10. Synopsis 21-0016R, 11. Hearing Agenda 21-0016R, 12. Hearing Minutes 21-0016R, 13. DPW Presentation 21-0016R, 14. Hearing Notes 21-0016R, 15. Voting Record 21-0016R, 16. 21-0016R~2nd Reader
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
4/5/20210 Baltimore City Council Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/5/20210 Health, Environment, and Technology Recommended Favorably  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/24/20210 Health, Environment, and Technology Recommended FavorablyPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/22/20210 Health, Environment, and Technology Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Health  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Mayor's Office of Emergency Management  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Public Works  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to 3-1-1 One Call and Dispatch Center  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Housing and Community Development  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Finance  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/11/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Mayor's Office of Innovation  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/8/20210 Baltimore City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/8/20210 Baltimore City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmembers Burnett, Cohen, Dorsey

A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Investigative Hearing - Building Backups of Untreated Sewage
For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Law Department, the Health Department, and the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management to appear before the City Council to discuss the effectiveness and sufficiency of measures being taken to address basement backups of raw sewage in the City.
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Exposure to raw sewage poses a serious risk to human health. Raw sewage contains a variety
of microorganisms, viruses, bacteria, and parasites that can cause serious illnesses including
cholera, hepatitis, cryptosporidiosis, and giardiasis. In addition, moisture in homes, including
moisture from sewage backups, can cause the growth of toxic fungi and mold. Among other health risks, mold can trigger asthma attacks.

Cleaning up and disinfecting interior spaces after a sewage backup, or securing a licensed contractor to perform that work, is a costly and traumatic endeavor that poses economic hardships to many Baltimore City residents.

In 2002, Baltimore City entered into a Consent Decree with the Environmental Protection
Agency (“EPA”) and the Maryland Department of the Environment (“MDE”) to address
violations of the federal Clean Water Act from discharges of untreated sewage from Baltimore’s
collection system into the Back River, Patapsco River, the Chesapeake Bay, and other waters of
the United States.

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