Hundreds of residents in the eastern part of Baltimore had to handle three days without water. After what seemed to be fixed, crews had to return to make repairs because water pressure would drop almost immediately after faucets were opened.
The leak was apparently due to old, brittle pipes that have remained unchanged for many years. Deposits and aging have left the infrastructure weak and vulnerable to damages like cracks. The remedy was to attach a coupling over the compromised area, but only after workers could grind down that section of piping.
While water service was unavailable, residents were able to pick up water at two street locations in rations. After three days of the interruption, service crews were finally able to locate the leak and repair it. Officials informed the public that once they turned their faucets on, they would have to allow the water to run until it lost its dark and cloudy appearance, appearing clear and clean.
reporting credit: Baltimore Sun Online