Northwest Balto. Co. water main repaired

Work done a day ahead of schedule

March 11, 2010|By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com

The water main break that left tens of thousands of Northwest Baltimore County residents without water for days has been repaired and is back in service, according to Baltimore's director of public works.

DPW Director David Scott thanked residents for their patience while repairs took place after the break was discovered Saturday.

The repairs were completed early Wednesday morning, said DPW spokeswoman Celeste Amato, a full day before the original Thursday estimate.

That approximation was based on weather forecasts that called for rain, she said. The damaged 36-inch main was located under a stream near a steep wooded embankment.

"If we had to pump that while making repairs, that would have slowed us down," Amato said. Deliveries of supplies also arrived from out of state in time.

Public Works officials advised those who have restored water service to turn water on and allow time for any air to clear from their water lines; that cloudy or discolored water should be run until it is clear; and that traces of a chlorine smell will dissipate. Any county residents with water concerns should call 410-396-5352.

Crews will be on hand in case any areas report any difficulties. The water is safe to drink and use, Amato said - boiling or other measures are not necessary.

Scott predicted Tuesday afternoon that the break would be repaired by Thursday and that parts needed to repair the break were on their way from Ohio. He said crews were planning to work 'round the clock until the break was fixed.

Attempts to fix the water main were complicated by its position. The broken area of the 36-inch main was under the stream, which a contractor had to divert, said Baltimore public works spokesman Kurt L. Kocher. A temporary road was built through the wooded area to the stream, and the damaged pipe was exposed Tuesday, he said.

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