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Short Documentary Highlights How Individuals Impact Aquatic Environments

County Executive Johnny Olszewski donned rubber knee boots and waded into Deep Run at Meadowood Park with County natural resource specialists to give the public a rare glimpse of what lies below the water, and what it reveals about the health of this Lutherville-area stream.

His adventure is captured in a short documentary entitled “Watershed Moments—Keepers of the Stream.” The six-minute video features beautiful underwater and aerial drone footage of local streams and an engaging overview of the County’s water quality monitoring techniques. It presents practical commentary on how all of our actions on land affect the delicate balance of life in our waterways.

“It’s fascinating how our environmental scientists sample and identify tiny aquatic creatures to determine the levels of pollutants in our streams and use this data to drive targeted watershed restoration and outreach,” Olszewski said.

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Modernizing System Management to Improve Customer Service 

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced today that the City and County will jointly initiate a comprehensive review of the business processes that govern the water delivery system that serves both jurisdictions.

Residents of both jurisdictions receive water through a system managed by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works under an agreement that dates back to 1972. In addition, an agreement reached in 1974 governs the shared sewer system. Baltimore City bills all customers for water use. Each jurisdiction bills its own residents for sewer charges and other related charges.

Given the age of the agreements, officials in both jurisdictions agree there is a need to evaluate their efficacy and determine whether changes are needed to modernize system management in order to improve customer service.

“Mayor Young and I are committed to providing residents with the best and most efficient service possible and this joint review will allow us to determine how we can modernize our water delivery system,” Olszewski said. “This is just one of many ways that we hope to work with the City in the years to come to improve the quality of life across the region.”

“As Mayor, I am committed to excellent customer service for every customer that relies on our water system,” said Mayor Young. “County Executive Olszewski and I both agree that this essential review will evaluate and determine what is working well and demonstrate where we need to focus our improvements. We look forward to a continued and productive partnership with the County.”

For Accounts Affected by the Ransomware Attack

In addition, the City and County are sending letters to approximately 14,000 County residents regarding the sewer charges that will appear on their 2019 property tax bills. Water consumption data from Baltimore City is one of the factors that the County uses to compute the Metro charges included in tax bills, but the recent ransomware attack in the City has affected computer systems that the County relies upon to obtain information needed to validate the Metropolitan District sewer charge.  Because of the ransomware attack, the County has been unable to validate a small percentage of accounts.

Residents whose accounts are affected will receive a letter. Those residents are encouraged to review their 2018 water bills and contact the Baltimore County Metropolitan District Financing and Petitions office with questions. 

Repairs to Continue Into the Evening Commute

Overnight on Wednesday, June 12, a water main break occurred in the area of York Road near Padonia Road. Early indication is that construction work for a water main tie-in on York Road, just south of Padonia Road, led to the major water main break on a 12-inch diameter pipe. The road was extensively damaged when the pipe failed, leaving a crevasse eight feet deep, 30 feet wide and 50 feet long, just south of the Padonia-York intersection.

All lanes of traffic were closed early this morning between Padonia Road and Roosevelt Street and traffic has been detoured onto I-83. Drivers should expect rush hour congestion and they should use alternate routes if available.

Repair work, which began this afternoon, may require that water service be turned off to some businesses near the break as work progresses, but no major water outages are expected at this point.

The work on York Road is part of an extensive water main renewal project, which began in 2013, and extends from Towson to Cockeysville as Baltimore County is replacing old lines with new and larger water mains to provide for growing demand. Baltimore City owns and repairs the water system in Baltimore County, but Baltimore County is responsible for major line replacements like those on York Road.

We will keep the public updated on the progress of the repairs.

Revised September 11, 2017