Progress Continues on the 20-Inch Water Main Repair Boil Water Advisory Remains in Effect

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The Precautionary Boil Water Advisory (BWA) issued Tuesday night by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) remains in effect for the Cockeysville, Hunt Valley, Sparks, and Broadmead communities in Northern Baltimore County following a 20-inch water main break Monday evening along 13816 York Road. DPW has completed the repair of the 20-inch water main and has flushed and restored water to the system. We are currently in the process of restoring the worksite and anticipate re-opening the impacted portion of York Road by Thursday afternoon. 

In compliance with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) regulations, DPW will conduct water sampling at several sites in the impacted areas. Upon successful completion of the sampling and analysis, and concurrence by MDE, the Precautionary Boil Water Advisory will be lifted.  DPW is collecting water samples and anticipates having sampling results by Friday evening, if not sooner. 

Water Distribution Continues
DPW is continuing to provide bottled water to residents in the impacted areas. City and County officials will remain on site today  at USA Lacrosse, located at 2 Loveton Cir. Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152 until 7 p.m. and will be on hand Thursday, February 16, from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 7:00 p.m.

Until the Precautionary Boil Water Advisory is lifted, residents in the affected areas are reminded to bring their water to a rolling boil for 1 minute before:

  • Drinking
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Washing fruits and vegetables
  • Preparing baby food and formula
  • Making Ice
  • Giving to pets

To see if you are affected by the Boil Water Advisory, use our Interactive Map. 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). 

Residents are encouraged to check the DPW website and social media platforms TwitterInstagram and Facebook for updates as this situation develops.

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