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Relief on the way for businesses closed by water main break

An update on the Reisterstown water main break arrived yesterday from Sen. Bobby A. Zirkin, D-Baltimore, that said officials now believe the break will be repaired by noon today.

“Once the main is repaired it will take several hours for the Pleasant Hill reservoir to fill to the proper capacity and begin the regular flow of water throughout the area,” the news release says. “The City hopes full service will be restored by midnight on Wednesday.”

That means businesses that have been forced to close could possibly reopen Thursday. Those that have remained open but with limited services could be at full service too.

Zirkin also says some people have contacted his office with complaints about car washes operating in the area at a time when water conservation is critical. He says the Department of Public Works has dispatched officials from the Bureau of Utilities to ensure that the car washes use recycled water only.

Not bad compared with the bleak, two-week picture officials were painting yesterday. But it still means businesses like restaurants, hair salons and coffee shops were forced to close for at least five days this week, losing thousands of dollars in potential revenue.

The county has assisted residents with water rations but is it fair to let businesses fend for themselves when many are struggling to stay afloat?