Cromwell Pump Station's Recovery Underway Following Fire, Voluntary Water Restrictions Continue


Repairs are underway at the Cromwell Pumping Station in Baltimore County. (Credit: Baltimore City Department of Public Works)

BALTIMORE COUNTY - Repairs are progressing as planned at the Cromwell Pumping Station in Baltimore County following a fire that damaged two pumps last week, according to the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.

The pump station, which suffered a fire on July 13, is expected to partially resume operations in the coming weeks. At that time, the DPW will re-assess the ongoing Voluntary Water Restriction Notice, currently in effect across Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County.

Baltimore City DPW stated that the fire led to a power outage at the pumping station and severely damaged its equipment. After days of concerted efforts, DPW staff and contractors restored electricity to the facility on July 16. Currently, repair work on the valve, motor, and control system is in progress.

The origin of the fire remains under investigation.

All equipment must be meticulously examined and tested before the pump station can partially resume operations. The delivery of permanent equipment, crucial for the station's full functionality, is expected to take a few months, thereby delaying the complete operational capacity of the station.

The DPW continues to emphasize the importance of the Voluntary Water Restriction Notice, urging residents and businesses to reduce excessive water use. The notice pertains to Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County. It's essential to clarify that these restrictions do not apply to routine water use for drinking, cooking, or cleaning activities.

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