Balto. Co. homes, businesses lose water

March 17, 2004

A water-main break at a pumping station near Pikesvile Monday caused a sudden drop in water pressure last night, leaving many homes and businesses without water.

The drop in pressure forced the Baltimore County Fire Department to place extra equipment - including large-capacity water tankers - on standby in the event of a fire, a department official said.

Affected were customers in Pikesville, Owings Mills, Woodlawn and Randallstown. A desk clerk at the Pikesville Hilton on Reisterstown Road at the Beltway said several rooms had no water last night.

The break occurred Monday in a 36-inch pipe at the pumping station near Pikesville, said Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Public Works. Water was diverted to a parallel 54-inch line, but pressure continued to drop throughout the day

Kocher said last night it was unclear when full water pressure would return.

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