Water service to be affected by inspection

November 01, 1993|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Staff Writer

Two water mains serving southwestern portions of Baltimore and Baltimore County and northern Anne Arundel will be out of service virtually all this month.

Beginning at 9 a.m. today, the 36-inch and 54-inch southwestern transmission water mains will be shut down for a scheduled inspection, said Vanessa Pyatt, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Public Works. Consumers will get water from other mains in the affected area.

Service will be affected in an area bordered by Wilkens Avenue on the north, Rolling Road on the west, Hammonds Lane on the south, and Pennington and Patapsco avenues on the east.

Users in the area can expect to see some discoloration in their water and experience periodic low pressure, Ms. Pyatt said.

"The water will still be drinkable," she said. "It will be a brown, muddy color, but should be all right after it runs for a while."

Ms. Pyatt said the reduced pressure will not prevent people from flushing toilets or performing other usual tasks that require water.

Officials at two large institutions in the area said they are not nTC concerned about the shutdown. The Department of Public Works "assured us we would not be without water," said Louise White, public information officer for the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus.

"There will be periods of discoloration and diminished water pressure, which might affect the one high-rise building on campus," she said.

"But we're not anticipating it being severe. It will not affect anything we do at UMBC."

George J. Moniodis, the public relations director for St. Agnes Hospital, said the hospital would not be affected by the shutdown.

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