Water service was restored today to at least 15,000 residences and businesses in the Owings Mills-Reisterstown areas after a major water main break yesterday.
"Everyone should be back to absolutely full service . . . ," said James L. Kapplin, a spokesman for the city Department of Public Works.
George Balog, director of public works for Baltimore, said the break occurred about 5 p.m. yesterday at Garrison Forest Road near the Rosewood Hospital Center.
Balog said earth-moving equipment used by a subcontractor working for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. accidentally put a hole in the 36-inch water main on Garrison Forest Road.
The break caused thousands of gallons of water to flood nearby fields, driveways and a portion of Garrison Forest Road between St. Thomas Lane and Crondall Road.
Baltimore County police set up barricades in the affected area.
Balog said the broken water main feeds water to four above-ground tanks that serve the area bounded on the north by Butler Road, on the east by Greenspring Avenue, on the south by Greenspring Valley Road and on the west by Interstate 795.
Balog said the break emptied one tank and the remaining three lost water until repairs were made. He said some customers were without water and others experienced low pressure before repairs were made.
Lock Joint, an Edgewood firm, constructed a special water main sleeve so repairs could be made today.
Otherwise, said Balog, workers would have had to cut out the broken section of pipe and replace it, which might have meant as long as 24 hours before restoration of full service.