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By Director of Public Works Steve Walsh

We all know to watch out for ice on the roads when frozen precipitation falls from the sky. But, every winter, Public Works receives calls about water freezing on County roads even when the skies are clear and roads are otherwise bone dry. This can happen because of broken or leaking water mains, hydrants, or meters, or seeping ground water — which is especially prevalent this year due to the record-breaking wet weather.

To report any water issue – whatever the season, whatever the reason – constituents should call the Bureau of Utilities at 410 887-7415. This number is manned 24/7.

The Bureau of Utilities investigates, logs and monitors water problems. If a water main or meter is leaking or has failed, the Bureau of Utilities contacts Baltimore City’s water maintenance division which assigns crews to eventually fix the problem. The City schedules repairs based on a priority list and, because the water system is operated by Baltimore City, emergency repairs are in the City’s hands. The County does keep in touch with City utility engineers to ensure that County streets get the attention they deserve.

If the water is determined to be groundwater, solutions are investigated. Groundwater issues are more difficult to resolve however. 

In either case, Utilities coordinates with the Bureau of Highways, as needed, to spread salt on County public roads to ensure public safety.

This type of unexpected road hazard is yet another reason to be sure that you are always paying attention to the road – not your phone!


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017