Update Sewer Systems to Keep Drugs Out of Waterways

Target: Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., Director of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works

Goal: Overhaul outdated and leaking sewer systems to keep waterways free of drugs.

Many local sewer systems across the country are starting to show their age. In the current recession, repair jobs are being done even more hastily than usual and unfortunately the environment is paying for it. When pipes are cracked they fail to contain water and other contaminants. Instead these substances seep into the ground and into streams, causing harm to plants and animals alike.

The most alarming contaminants are drugs, both prescription and illegal. The body does not fully metabolize these substances so when people use the restroom, trace amounts end up in the sewer. A study conducted by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies found methamphetamine in several Baltimore area streams. When the sewer is leaking into freshwater rivers and streams, that causes a big problem for water insects, plants and helpful bacteria. Due to the nature of the food chain, larger animals that feed off of insects and plants will soon be harmed, and so on until the effects reach humanity. We have the chance to nip this in the bud right now, since it was caught so early, but we must repair the aging water infrastructure. Please take a moment to sign below and urge city officials to take action on this important issue.


Dear Mr. Chow,

Baltimore waterways are polluted, and they grow worse every single day. People flush their old prescriptions down the toilet, or their waste carries traces of the drugs into the sewer system. Due to age, the sewer pipes have degraded to such a point that the natural waterways are now contaminated with illegal and prescription drugs. The water infrastructure needs a major overhaul before this situation gets any worse.

If the pipes are left to decay further, these harmful chemicals will work their way up the food chain. The insects’ growth rates are affected and further risks are not yet fully understood. Those unknowns multiply exponentially when fish eat the insects and humans eat the fish. It may take decades before enough research is conducted on eating food with drug-induced mutations. We should not be gambling with our health, so I ask you to please put the replacement of sewage pipes at the top of your to-do list.


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  1. These pipes need to be repaired immediately. But where is the waste heading to anyway? Into the oceans? We are poisoning the earth at breakneck speed.

  2. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    The Native Americans are really enjoying which ways their lands have been treated!
    Plundering this land just shows the real punishment these strange perpetrators are getting in there!

  3. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️?

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