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By Steve Walsh, Director of Public Works

Baltimore County plays a unique role in providing the public water supply for the entire Baltimore metropolitan area. Loch Raven, Liberty and Prettyboy reservoirs are located here, storing water to meet the needs of the growing region. Now, additional water will be stored in new above-ground reservoirs being built in Fullerton.

This is a huge undertaking: three vast above-ground reservoirs holding 62 million gallons of water are under construction near Bucks School House Road, next to a pumping station.  

(Rendering courtesy of Gannett Fleming)

The $80 million project, scheduled to be completed in three years, is part of a multi-generational plan to provide water for the growing Baltimore metropolitan area. The Fullerton reservoirs will provide greater water storage, help supply potable water to large portions of the region, and ensure water is available for fire protection. 

This critical infrastructure helps ease dry seasons today and invests so future generations have a reliable public water supply.


By David Fidler, Baltimore County Department of Public Works

Seventeen men and women from central China recently visited Towson to learn more about the U.S. experience in land surveying, GIS, land resources management and planning. The delegation from the Henan Province Department of Land and Resources met with experts from the Baltimore County departments of public works and planning for a full day of professional exchange.

“The most discussed topic was the amount of GIS data and survey control information available from Baltimore County to anyone who has access to the internet. The members of the delegation said that similar Chinese information is controlled by the government and not given out freely,” said Pat Simon, Public Works’ Chief Surveyor. 

Speaking through their translator, the Chinese officials asked about GIS in County operations, general planning operations and web applications during a lively exchange with Pat Simon, Public Works Chief Surveyor, Doug Adams, Public Works Program Manager, Wally Lippincott, Department of Planning Coordinator, Jennifer Meacham, GIS Planner, and Kui Zhao, Planning Demographer. Ms. Zhao gave her presentation in Mandarin. 

From all accounts. Mr. Chen Zhisheng, head of the Henan delegation, found the exchange enlightening and memorable – especially the visit to Towson Best Chinese & Sushi Restaurant on York Road.  


By Gerald Chambers, Office Automation Assistant, Baltimore County Department of Public Works, Bureau of Utilities

This holiday season, grease is definitely not the word in your kitchen. 

Fats, oils and grease (F.O.G.) poured into kitchen sinks can back up the County’s sewage system. Whether you’re the holiday cook or preparing meals in a restaurant, you can help prevent health and safety problems.

The primary F.O.G. sources are everyday foods such as cooking oil, sauces, butter and shortening. These ingredients make their way into the sewage collection system through kitchen drains. Once inside the system, fats, oils and grease will cool, harden and begin to coat the inside of the sewer pipes. Over time, F.O.G. buildup will clog pipes, restrict the flow of wastewater and result in sewage overflows and/or basement backups. These overflows result in raw sewage overflowing into our streets, parks and homes, exposing the public to harmful disease-causing micro-organisms. In cases of backups on private property, the property owner is often responsible for the cleanup costs.

Here’s how to “Cease the Grease.” 

  • Never pour F.O.G. into your sink. Instead, put F.O.G. into a small can and store in the freezer until full. When it’s full, throw the can into the trash.
  • When there is F.O.G. residue in a pan or on a dish, wipe it with a paper towel before washing and throw the towel in the trash.
  • Place a strainer in the kitchen sink drain to catch food scraps and other solids, then empty the strainer into the trash.

These few simple changes every day can help keep our systems flowing all year long.

Baltimore County’s “Cease the Grease” program was created to help prevent sewage overflows and basement backups resulting from fats, oils and grease. For residential customers, Baltimore County is implementing a public education program consisting of educational outreach, informational F.O.G. flyers and a page on the County’s website. For commercial food service establishments, the County enforces F.O.G. requirements under the Food Service Facility Regulations.

For more information, call 410-887-1836 or e-mail utilities@baltimorecountymd.gov.


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016