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October 12, 2022 10:00 am

Have you faced a sewage backup in your home? Baltimore City Council is holding a public hearing on the City’s two assistance programs for residents who face sewage backups on Wednesday, October 12th at 10am. Join the hearing to share your experience and call on the City to improve its support for residents directly impacted by outdated infrastructure!

In 2018, Baltimore City launched a new Expedited Reimbursement Program to assist city residents with the costs of cleaning up sewage backing up into their home. In 2021, the City established a direct cleanup assistance program, the Sewage Onsite Support (SOS) program.  While these programs are important steps to support residents dealing with this environmental and health hazard, both are flawed due to strict qualification criteria and lack of public awareness about the programs. 

Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) released a study assessing the feasibility of expanding these two programs in November 2021 and recommended against program expansion. 

On October 12th, the Health, Environment, and Technology Committee is holding a hearing about the findings and conclusions DPW outlined in its feasibility study. This hearing is an opportunity for YOU to tell your stories about sewage backups to the City Council, inform Councilmembers about any positive or negative experiences you’ve had with the City’s two sewage backup assistance programs, and help shape how Baltimore City responds to this critical health risk and financial burden in the future.

How to Join the Hearing: 

  • When: Wednesday, October 12th at 10am 
  • Where: Baltimore City Hall (100 N. Holiday St) or virtually
  • Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388, Access Code: 2340 976 6065
  • Join online: https://bmore.webex.com/bmore/j.php?MTID=m99b519054ce365a9bc18d14994298970

100 N. Holiday St
Baltimore, Maryland 21202 United States
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