Repairs to city pumping station prevent water problems

BGE crews restored power in less than seven hours

October 01, 2011|By Candus Thomson and Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

Power was restored to a city pumping station Saturday afternoon, after a morning outage had public works officials calling for water conservation throughout much of Baltimore County's central corridor.

Repairs were completed with no disruption to service, officials said.

The outage was discovered at the station in the 400 block of Hillen Road at about 6 a.m. and could have affected the water supply for as many as 150,000 customers from Towson north to Sparks. BGE crews reported that the pumping station was again operational as of 12:36 p.m.

Any drop in water pressure would have started in the far northern service area before working its way toward Towson, Baltimore Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher said. Officials had asked residents to delay showering as well as clothes and dish washing, until the repairs were completed.

"No one lost water pressure as a result of this outage," said Kocher. "But we might have gotten close to that."

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