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City Urges Conservation After Water Pump Outage

The Pikesville pumping station is running on generator power, but city officials still urge conservation during today's heat advisory.

Baltimore City public works officials urge residents and businesses in northwest Baltimore city and county to conserve water, as crews repair a power outage at a pumping station.

The Pikesville water pumping station lost power overnight in the wake of . Baltimore Gas and Electric crews are currently attempting to restore power to the pumping station The station is running on generator power, according to officials, but to cope with high demand caused by today's expected high heat, businesses and residents are being asked to cut back.

"It is vital that citizens and business reduce their water use immediately so that water can be available to vital services including firefighting, medical facilities, senior citizens complexes and others," said Al Foxx, director of Baltimore City's Department of Public Works, in a statement.

Water is either out or running at very low pressure in Park Heights, Lochearn, Pikesville, Randallstown, Pleasant Hill, Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Glyndon and surrounding areas, according to officials.

In the statement, Foxx asked residents in affected areas to avoid watering gardens, car washing, pool-filling and unnecessary indoor cleaning until the issues are resolved.

Tom Hope July 01, 2012 at 04:03 PM
We did have a plan to keep some extra water in the Reisterstown area but, some thought the tower wouldn't look pretty. Having that tower would have kept everyone in a bit more water for a bit longer. This supposed leadership we have is truly lack luster. How about stepping up Zirkin, Kamenetz, Cardin, Morhaim, Stein. Maybe a public safety notice about fires since there is no water in the hydrants
Bob Wille July 01, 2012 at 06:27 PM
All you complainers can stop the incompetancy with your votes, but all the idiots in this state continue to re-elect the same political hacks. Wise up!!!
Brian H July 01, 2012 at 06:40 PM
@ Bob Wille...and who do you recommend Bob. It does not matter if your candidate is democrat or republican, they all sell out to special interest and corporate lobbyists.
EB Levitt July 02, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I"d just like to thank Del. Dana Stein for responding to my e-mail on Saturday morning about the loss of water--not just in my neighborhood but also in a senior citizen community where my elderly mother lives. Del. Stein contacted the City DPW and BGE and called me twice during the day with updates. He really cared--even though his own home was without electricity. It seems ridiculous that the water department doesn't have a back-up generator on a pumping station that would automatically kick in when the power goes out!
Tom Hope July 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
And here we go again...Big Surprise, a major water main break in Baltimore City. I guess since there was a call to sue BG&E for the length of time to restore power after the storm we need to file suit against Baltimore City for failure to make the repairs to the water system. Instead the Mayor(s) keep kicking the can down the street and do nothing. The double standard of holding private companies accountable for a public utility maintenance whilst crying poor when its the governments responsibility really grinds me. Being without water is far worse than being without electricity. Please show some leadership skills Mayor Stephanie I'm sure you can find a contractor friend to give this work to and make this system work.

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