Thousands Without Water as Falls Rd. Repairs Compound, Rates Go Up Wednesday

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Repairs on Falls Rd. (via @BaltimoreDPW)
Repairs on Falls Rd. (via @BaltimoreDPW)

Baltimore crews shut off water for 4,000 North Baltimore residents while they made repairs under Falls Rd. They said the work would be finished by 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, but thousands are still without water and the repairs are expected to continue into the evening.

The repairs were initially slated to be conducted on two underground water valves near the intersection of Falls Rd. and Lake Ave. When working overnight, however, crews found a 16-in. water main break that will take longer to repair.

Before the water was turned back on, the city sent a press release reminding everyone that an 11 percent sewer and water rate hike is slated to take effect Wednesday. It’s the last of a three-year increase.

“These rate increases are providing DPW with the necessary revenue to rebuild the City’s aging sewer collection system, replace or repair failing water mains, as well as improve operational and customer service functions,” said DPW Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E.

Aging pipes were cited as a reason for the Falls Rd. repairs.



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