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Water Main Break Impacts Annapolis Area Residents and Businesses

Annapolis (December 6, 2007) - The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) reports a water main break overnight on Route 2 at the entrance of Wilelinor Community entrance at Lakeshore Road (directly across from Admiral Cochran Drive). The break has been isolated by DPW Utilities Crews. Approximately 15 thousand homes in the Riva Road corridor will experience low water pressure for the next 24-36 hours as water has been redirected away from the damaged line. 

County Executive John R. Leopold said, “I applaud the DPW for its effective, prompt response to the water main leak and regret any inconvenience that county residents may have experienced during this incident.”

At this time, less than six homes in the Wilelinor neighborhood are without water. Repairs are expected to be completed between 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. DPW officials are asking all customers in the affected service area to conserve water for the next 36 hours or until further notice in order to expedite the recovery process. Customers may be experiencing discolored water as pressure returns. The water is safe for drinking and cooking and will return to normal water quality as repairs are completed. 

If the problem continues, call the Department of Public Works Emergency Services at (410) 222-8400.

The construction site for repairs is the intersection of northbound Solomon’s Island Road and Admiral Cochrane Drive. Motorists are advised to avoid this intersection for the evening rush hour.

DPW officials estimate the loss of water at 3 million gallons. The cause of the break is still under investigation.

Media inquiries should be directed to Tracie Reynolds, DPW Spokesperson, at (443) 336-8044.


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