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Water main break leaves 150 Baltimore area homes without water

Water main break
Posted at 4:02 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 16:04:23-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — A 20" water main break has caused 150 Baltimore area homes to lose water service.

The Department of Public Works says crews are repairing the broken line in the 3500 block of E. Northern Parkway.

The outage spans from that location all the way east to Belair Road and the 3700 and 3800 blocks of Pinewood Avenue.

There is no estimated time of restoration.

Just last Monday, the Department reported 25 broken mains throughout Baltimore City and County.

Below are a few tips DPW says can help protect your water service lines during cold weather:

• Insulate pipes located in unheated parts of your house. This is especially a good tip for those who have had frozen pipes in the past.
• Let a thin stream of cold water run from a basement faucet. The stream should be a continuous flow, about the thickness of pencil lead. This water can be caught in a bucket and used later as laundry or dish water.
• If a pipe should freeze, gently warm it with hot air from a blow dryer at the point where it enters the house.
• Be sure you know the location of the water shutoff valve in your home. Check it periodically to ensure that it works properly.
• Be sure to shut off water to outside faucets.
• Periodically monitor your sump pump. A frozen drain pipe could result in a flooded basement.
• Keep bottled water on hand. Plan on needing a gallon of water per person per day.

If you live in Baltimore City and experience a water emergency, call 311. Baltimore County residents are asked to call 410-396-5352.