Statement on Public Ownership of Baltimore’s Water System

Press Release

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., today issued a statement confirming their commitment to keeping Baltimore’s water system a public property, operated by and accountable to the citizens.

“Baltimore City’s drinking water system is a jewel that must be maintained in the public trust,” they said. “From the reservoirs in Baltimore and Carroll counties, to our filtration plants in the Ashburton and Montebello communities, we share the commitment of prior generations of civic leaders to keep this life-sustaining resource in public hands.”

This statement follows a series of claims by advocacy groups, through the news media and other channels, questioning the commitment of Baltimore’s leadership to maintaining a publicly owned and operated water system.

“The natural and man-made resources that comprise the Baltimore water system are priceless, and we are determined not to let private interests gain control of our water,” added Mayor Pugh and Director Chow.

Related Stories

Northwest Transfer Station to Close Temporarily

Citizens directed to use Sisson Street yard; Small Haulers to use Quarantine Road Landfill.
Due to construction, the Northwest Transfer Station (NWTS), located at 5030 Reisterstown Rd., will close to citizens and to small commercial haulers for two weeks beginning Monday, July 2, reopening on Monday, July 16.

DPW Deploys New Fleet of All-Terrain Litter Vehicles

Fifteen new all-terrain litter vehicles (ATLVs) are set to hit City streets, allowing the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) to expand cleaning operations for business districts and gateways into surrounding neighborhoods.

DPW Reports Sewer Overflows Related to Rain

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) estimates that two sewer overflows totaling approximately 900,000 gallons of stormwater mixed with sewer water occurred as a result of heavy rain.

Contact

Jeffrey Raymond
410-545-6541
[email protected]
Kurt Kocher
410-545-6541
[email protected]
Jennifer Combs
410-545-6541
[email protected]
After hours, weekends, or holidays please call 410-396-3100 for the duty officer

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works supports the health, environment, and economy of our City and region by cleaning our neighborhoods and waterways and providing its customers with safe drinking water and sustainable energy practices.