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Jun 7, 2019

Editorial Advisory Board: Baltimore’s water bill crisis

Baltimore city’s water bill crisis has several sources, among the chief ones a 2002 consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency. The consent decree mandated that Baltimore address its aging water infrastructure and make improvements. Regulations implemented by the federal government after Sept. 11, 2001, requiring water reservoirs across the country to have covered storage, […[...]

Dec 3, 2018

Sinkholes shut down downtown Baltimore streets, light rail

Sinkholes have indefinitely shut down parts of two downtown Baltimore streets and interrupted light rail service. News outlets report city officials announced Sunday that sinkholes at the intersection of North Howard and West Lexington streets have resulted in the closure of four blocks of the former and two blocks of the latter. The Maryland Transit […]

Feb 26, 2015

Water main break closes Baltimore courthouse — but don’t blame the weather

At least one recent water main break in Baltimore was not caused by the frigid temperatures.

Oct 17, 2014

Raw sewage leaks into Baltimore stream for 8 days

Officials say raw sewage leaked into a West Baltimore stream for eight days before crews fixed a broken sewer pipe.

Dec 13, 2013

Water chief to take over DPW

The director of Baltimore’s Department of Public Works gave notice on Friday and will be replaced with a deputy, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced.

Oct 22, 2013

Claustrophobic worker to settle for $117K

Baltimore’s Board of Estimates is scheduled Wednesday to consider a $117,000 settlement of a federal lawsuit filed by a former city employee who alleged he was repeatedly asked to work in manholes despite his claustrophobia.

Aug 7, 2013

Worker, 71, settles ADA suit with Baltimore Co.

Baltimore County will pay more than $130,000, including about $93,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs, to settle claims it required a road-maintenance worker to take unnecessary medical tests and then forced him from his job based on the results.

Jul 23, 2013

Water service restored after Baltimore main break

The Department of Public Works says water service has been restored after a main break in east Baltimore.

Jul 3, 2013

City water rates to rise 42 percent over three years

Despite a report from the city’s audit department that called for lower increases and protests from a packed room of residents about a lack of collection of $25 million in delinquent water bills, the Board of Estimates, Baltimore’s spending board. voted Wednesday to approve a three consecutive years of rate hikes for city water and sewage bills.

Jun 3, 2013

Deal would possibly cut ‘rain tax’ up to 85% for port businesses

Baltimore officials are close to an agreement with port and other harbor-area industries that could significantly reduce the amount those businesses would pay under the city’s proposed stormwater fee.

Jun 2, 2013

Inner Harbor water quality barely passes

The water quality in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor last year was given a grade of C-minus by local environmentalists hired to gauge the viability of one of the city’s greatest assets, its waterfront.

May 22, 2013

Hearing on water rate hike set for June

As the city comptroller criticized a plan by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to raise the water rates for Baltimore residents, Baltimore’s spending board on Wednesday set a June 26 public hearing date to discuss the three-year, 37 percent hike.

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