Baltimore Mayor Announces End Of Voluntary Water Restrictions Following Pumping Station Repairs


Crews work to extinguish the fire that prompted the voluntary water restriction at the Baltimore County pumping station in Parkville. (Credit: Providence VFC of Towson/ Facebook)

BALTIMORE COUNTY - On Wednesday, Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced the end of the voluntary water restriction for Baltimore City and its neighboring counties.

According to the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW), pumping capacity and power have been fully restored at the Cromwell Pumping Station. Additionally, significant repairs have been executed on its valving and control systems, along with two pump motors, ensuring the pumping station's stable operation. 

Comprehensive rehabilitation of the station is slated for the upcoming months.

"Our community's collective effort, including residents from both Baltimore and Howard counties, played a pivotal role in conserving water during this challenging time. Their dedication to safeguarding our regional water system allowed us to ease the pressure on our water resources," Scott said in a news release.

The voluntary water restriction was instituted following a fire at the Cromwell Pumping Station in Baltimore County on July 13. DPW clarified that the fire caused a prolonged power outage and severe damage to the station's equipment. 

After days of concerted efforts, DPW staff and contractors restored electricity to the facility on July 16. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Workers rush to make repairs at the Cromwell Pumping Station in Parkville (Credit: Baltimore City Department of Public Works)

While the water restriction notice no longer stands, residents and businesses are encouraged to continue their water-saving habits to ensure sustainability and resiliency.

"Our regional water system is a treasured asset, providing top-notch water quality. We must remember the value of every drop and use it judiciously," Interim DPW Director Richard J. Luna said.

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