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Water Line Maintenance May Impact Water Pressure in Linthicum Area

Annapolis (January 31, 2006) - Baltimore City will shut-off a 54-inch water main between Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties for maintenance next week, which may temporarily reduce water pressure in the West Nursery Road business corridor.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works announced today that some of its public water customers along the West Nursery Road business corridor may notice lower water pressure beginning February 8 and lasting approximately seven weeks. Neither water quality nor fire protection will be impacted.

"Almost all customers will remain above 40 psi (pounds per square inch) which is the County’s acceptable standard. Although some may notice a decrease in pressure, all customers will receive adequate service," according to Matthew Mirenzi, Utility Operations Administrator, for the County Department of Public Works. Mr. Mirenzi recommends that businesses with a booster pump or fire protection system in their building check to insure that it functions properly.

The affected area includes both sides of West Nursery Road south to Dorsey Road and to the county line.

When Baltimore City shuts off its main, the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works will redirect water to the West Nursery Road corridor from other parts of the Anne Arundel County public water system.

The County Department of Public Works provides Anne Arundel residents and businesses with more than 11 billion gallons of clean, safe water every year. The DPW purchases water from Baltimore City but also produces its own water from deep-well fields around the county.

During the initial changeover, customers may notice some discolored water. This is a normal result of shifting from the Baltimore main to a County main and should clear quickly. If discolored water persists for more than an hour, customers should contact DPW Emergency Services at (410) 222-8400. Customers with general questions or concerns may contact DPW Customer Relations during the weekday at (410) 222-7582.


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