Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Baltimore City has proposed a 15 percent increase beginning in July.
Water service for county residents will not likely cost more despite a proposal by Baltimore City to raise rates by 15 percent. At least not this year. The increase proposed by city Department of Public Works would increase water bills by nearly $24 per quarter for the typical city water customers. The system supplies water to 1.8 million residents in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll and Howard Counties. Baltimore County absorbs some costs of the system through a complex agreement with the city. Other costs are paid for through the Metropolitan District Fund that is assessed as a line item on county property tax bills. "Given [the agreement] and the metropolitan fund balance, there was no need to pass this increase on to…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The temporary water service disruption was caused by a contractor hitting the water line to the Colgate tank.
About 2,600 homes and businesses in eastern Baltimore County are without water this afternoon as the result of a contractor damaging the water line to the Colgate tank. The water main break occurred on Simmons Avenue near the tank, according to a statement from the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. The area affected by the break is roughly bounded by E. Baltimore Street on the north, Merritt Boulevard on the east, Delvale Avenue on the south and Quinton Street on the west, according to the statement. Crews have isolated the break and will begin repairs shortly. After water service is restored, residents might experience low pressure overnight while repairs are finalized, according to the statement. To report water outages in …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Baltimore City Public Works crews are on the scene assessing the problem.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
UPDATED (5:38 p.m.)—A 12-inch water main at Waterview Road and Wise Avenue is broken, according to Baltimore City Department of Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher. The number of residents impacted by the break is not yet known. Crews are on the scene working on the broken pipe. Original report: Baltimore City Department of Public Works crews are on the scene of an apparent water main break in the 600 block of Wise Avenue. The Wise Avenue bridge over Bear Creek is closed, and could remain closed over night, depending on the severity of the problem, according to DPW spokesman Kurt Kocher. "It's apparently a water main break, but it could be just a valve," Kocher said in a phone interview. "Depending on what the problem is, we might have to …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
In the wake of an over-billing controversy, Baltimore County is working with city officials to figure out how many customers may need their sewer charges adjusted.
When you get your property tax bill later this year, it might be a good idea to check the fine print. Last year's bill, too. You may recall the recent furor over water billing for city customers by Baltimore City's Bureau of Water and Wastewater. A February audit conducted by the city comptroller's office found that estimated readings led to tens of thousands of possible instances of overbilling, while some properties hadn't recieved water bills in several years. The Baltimore Sun reported in March that customers throughout the city and county had stories to tell of years of overbilling. Even the Baltimore County school system was not immune—Cockeysville Middle School was charged $100,000 for one quarter last year. And although the city …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Council approves new lease with Baltimore County Revenue Authority, improvements to the animal shelter and a $4.5 million bond issuance for a windshield wiper manufacturer in Halethorpe.
Opponents of a proposed transgender anti-discrimination bill returned to Towson Monday night to speak out against the proposed legislation. Ann Miller, a Republican activist, told the council that opponents "are not the bigotted, hate-mongers we're labeled as by the special interests backing this bill. "Our concerns are valid and serious and (the bill) would negatively impact the entire county," said Miller. The testimony of about 15 people was nearly identical to that given two weeks ago when Councilman Tom Quirk, a Catonsville Democrat, first introduced the bill. The bill will be similar to a law passed last month by the Howard County Council, Quirk said. Proponents of the legislation say it was spurred by a highly- publicized attack on …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Rainfall and limited capacity at the treatment plant led to overflow Sunday, according to Baltimore City Department of Public Works.
Follow Dundalk Patch for local stories, events and breaking news on Facebook and Twitter. Approximately 2.4 million gallons of sewage overflowed Sunday into the Back River in Essex, according to a news release on Tuesday from the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. The cause of the overflow is mostly due to heavy rainfall, which greatly increased the flow of sewage into the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant. The overflow lasted from about 12:20 to 2 p.m. In addition, construction upgrades at the facility have temporarily reduced its ability to handle such a capacity, according to the release. Rocky Point Beach is currently closed, while notices were also posted at Cox’s Point and Edgemere Park. The Maryland Department of the …