Druid Lake Tanks
What’s Happening at Druid Lake
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Water is being restored to the east side of Druid Lake after being drained this summer as a precaution after water samples with elevated turbidity (cloudiness) were found. The lake should be fully restored and placed back in service as a drinking water reservoir in October.
On the west side of the lake, work to prepare for the installation of the first of two massive water tanks will also begin. Drilling into a layer of rock will last through the end of 2018. Construction on the first tank will begin in the spring of 2019.
NOTICE: Public meetings to review construction progress on the Druid Lake Tanks project will be held once every three months in the second floor conference room of the Ashburton Water Filtration Plant, 3001 Druid Park Drive. The next meeting will be in mid-January, 2019.
To help secure the City’s water supply, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works is covering a considerable portion Druid Lake and installing two huge underground water tanks.
Druid Lake holds filtered and treated water that is ready to be sent to consumers. To protect this drinking water supply, two covered storage tanks, holding more than 50 million gallons of drinking water, will be constructed underground on the western end of the lake. This will mean a slightly smaller Druid Lake, but ultimately an enhanced Druid Hill Park.
Visitors to Druid Lake will notice fencing erected along the western portion of the reservoir, closing that portion of the loop road. In addition, tree protection and erosion and sediment controls are also being put in place.
An alternate running and jogging location is posted in Druid Hill Park north of the lake. Those who still wish for the experience of walking, running, or biking around a lake may wish to visit nearby Lake Ashburton in Hanlon Park, or Lake Montebello just off of East 33rd Street and Hillen Road.
Why Are These Changes Needed
Federal regulations require that finished drinking water must be either covered or receive additional treatment (Safe Drinking Water Act Regulations LT2ESWTR). Covered storage is preferred as a long-term solution for maintaining water quality.
DPW has recently completed other covered reservoir projects include Towson, Montebello II, and Pikesville. Guilford Reservoir is currently under construction, and Lake Ashburton will soon be, also.
Druid Lake Project Details
Two buried water storage tanks are being installed:
- Together these will hold over 54 million gallons of water.
- New piping will connect the tanks to the existing system.
- The cost is approximately $140 million.
- The Druid Lake project will be completed in March of 2022.
Park and Lake Enhancements
Druid Lake was designed not only to support the City’s water supply but to enhance the public’s enjoyment of Druid Hill Park. The project will ensure that the lake remains a public recreational asset for generations to come.
Improvements will include:
- A new curvilinear shoreline to mimic the current shoreline.
- A new open, welcoming area on top of new tanks, creating an additional 14 acres of usable park space
- Landscaping to complement the park and manage stormwater
- New site lighting and a new, wider promenade
- New path near lake edge for pedestrians and cyclists
- New amphitheater
- Maintenance of lake level and provision of lake aeration system to assure water quality.
Mature trees around the lake will be well-protected during construction, along with the monuments, pavilions and statues. The Tsunami Memorial Trees will be relocated in the park.
DPW will be providing additional information on this website as the Druid Lake Project progresses.