DPW In The News

Annual Dam Jam celebrates Baltimore area's drinking water reservoirs

August 27, 2017 - At the festival in Cromwell Valley Park, attendees also listened to bands and took part in activities like face painting, Lego building and creating balloon animals.

DPW starts Headworks project to prevent massive sewer leaks

August 10, 2017 - City, State officials have kicked off a three-year, $430 million project, known as "Headworks," that will eliminate miles-long sewage backups that lead to the majority of Baltimore's sanitary sewer overflows.

Baltimore City youth train for careers in the water industry

June 15, 2017 - DPW spearheads on-the-job training program that introduces young Baltimore City residents to careers in the water industry.

Monitoring, quick repair prevents 'catastrophic' rupture

June 28, 2017 - Crews working for the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) were able to complete repairs to a major water transmission main in southwest Baltimore that had been showing signs of a potentially catastrophic rupture.

Baltimore water billing portal helps customers spot leaks

February 10, 2017 - Managing water bills just got a little easier in Baltimore. The Baltimore City Department of Public Works launched a new water billing platform in January that is designed to help residents pay bills, monitor usage and detect leaks.

Baltimore residents see fewer rats with new municipal trash cans

January 18, 2017 - From Highlandtown to Howard Park and Belair-Edison to Barre Circle, citizens credit city-provided trash cans with cutting down on the number of four-legged vermin and keeping loose household trash from reaching the Chesapeake Bay.

New WEF Study on Infrastructure Spending is the Focus of Senate Hearing

May 13, 2016 - On April 7, Rudolph Chow, the director of the Balitmore City Department of Public Works, represented WEF, the City of Baltimore, and WateReuse Association (Alexandria, Va.). Chow provided his testimony in front of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Sinkhole: What is happening beneath the ground downtown?

September 27, 2016 - "The challenge of repairing any underground infrastructure is substantial and in this case especially when you have such an enormous network of hundreds and hundreds of miles of underground pipes, which a lot of it is pushing 100 years old..."


Utility of the Future Today LogoUtility of the Future Award

September 14, 2016 - DPW recognized as a “Utility of the Future Today” by the Utility of the Future (UOTF) Recognition Program; which celebrates the progress and exceptional performance of the nation’s wastewater utilities. 


Baltimore residents can now recycle oyster shells

June 1, 2016 - At the Sisson Street Recycling Center, "residents can come dispose of their shells," says Jennifer Combs, a Department of Public Works spokeswoman.

Keeping zebra mussels at bay

March 30, 2016 - Zebra mussels cannot travel on their own to the reservoirs, making them different from some other invasive species. Instead, they can be introduced into bodies of water by latching onto boats and equipment, which is why officials are asking everyone to clean off their boats, gear and bait buckets. The city also has some other safeguards already in place.