DPW Issues Boil Water Advisory for Parts of West Baltimore

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DPW Issues Boil Water Advisory for Parts of West Baltimore

Residents, Businesses and Facilities in Affected Areas to Boil Water for 1 minute Before Consuming

 

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) has issued a Required Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for residents, businesses, and other facilities in portions of West Baltimore, and a precautionary BWA for residents beyond that immediate service area, advising that drinking water is boiled before consumption.

The Required Boil Water Advisory is directly affecting approximately 1,500 residential and commercial facilities located in the following West Baltimore boundaries: North-South, Riggs Avenue to West Franklin Street and East-West, Carey Street to Pulaski Street. Please see the map below to determine if you are in the impacted areas.

DPW has sampled several locations in the neighborhoods of Sandtown-Winchester and Harlem Park: 1503 W. Lafayette Avenue (Fire Dept. Engine 8) and Police facilities at 1034 N. Mount Street, and 920 N. Carey Street, where total coliform and E. coli contaminants have been identified in the water.

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory is extended to the areas shown on the map for Baltimore City and Baltimore County. DPW’s most recent water samples from those areas were negative for E. coli and Total Coliform.

In addition, certain areas of Howard County may be affected. Howard County residents should check with the Howard County DPW for further direction.

Water Tested Routinely

DPW closely monitors and samples drinking water monthly and discovered the contamination during routine testing. The routine testing consists of 90 unique sample locations and 360 samples being collected on a monthly basis.

E.coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Human pathogens in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a greater health risk for infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

DPW is working to find the source of contamination, remediate the problem, and is flushing the system continuously to introduce turnover into the system. In addition, the Department is performing leak detection, valve assessments, and increasing the chlorination in the area.

In addition, DPW is working closely with the Baltimore City Fire, Police, Office of Emergency Management, and the Maryland Department of the Environment. These agencies have been notified and have provided representatives to engage with DPW.

Boil Water for 1 Minute

Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

If you live in the affected area, you should bring your water to a rolling boil for one minute, then cool it before:

·         Drinking

·         Brushing teeth

·         Washing fruits and vegetables

·         Preparing baby food and formula

·         Making ice

·         Giving to pets

·         Washing dishes

·         Food Preparation

Residents should discard all stored water, drinks, or ice made recently and can store boiled water in a clean container with a cover. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Boil Water Advisory webpage.

DPW was in the impacted areas distributing water today, Monday, Sept. 5, and will also be there, as needed, tomorrow, Sept 6.

Once DPW confirms water safety, the Boil Water Advisory will be lifted, and residents will be notified.

Check DPW’s social media platforms, Twitter (@BaltimoreDPW), and Facebook, for updates as this situation develops.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

BWA MAP_REVISED
This map has been updated to reflect Boil Water Advisory boundaries. This version of the map does not include Anne Arundel County. DPW does not provide water to Anne Arundel County. Click on above map to access PDF file.

                              Interactive Map Available

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