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Jun 3, 2019

Bail condition will test if absence makes the heart grow fonder

Welcome to Monday, the 101st anniversary of  the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hammer v. Dagenhart decision striking down as unconstitutional a federal law prohibiting the transportation across state lines of goods made via child labor. (The ruling was overturned in 1941 when the justices upheld the constitutionality of the Fair Labor Standards Act in U.S. v. […]

Jul 29, 2014

Rawlings-Blake announcing program on sewers lines

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is announcing a new program to repair the public portion of the city's sewer pipes that connect residences and businesses to public sewer lines.

Jul 29, 2013

‘Flushable’ wipes clog Ocean City’s sewer system

OCEAN CITY — The growing use of flushable wipes is causing headaches for the people who run Ocean City’s sewer system. The Daily Times reports that the toilet paper substitutes are advertised as safe for toilets, but they can cause problems in the rest of the sewer system. While toilet paper is designed to fully […]

Jun 27, 2012

Increase in city water, sewer rates OK’d

The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a 9 percent increase in water and sewer rates for Baltimore City customers. Department of Public Works officials said the increase is needed to meet numerous unfunded state and federal regulatory mandates, to rehabilitate the city’s aging infrastructure, for preventative inspections of sewer and water lines, and […]

May 23, 2012

Baltimore Department of Public Works seeks raise in water/sewer rates

The Baltimore Department of Public Works on Wednesday told the Board of Estimates it needs to raise water and sewer rates for Baltimore City customers by 9 percent in order to meet numerous state and federal regulatory mandates, and to rehabilitate its aging infrastructure. The board will hold a hearing on the proposed increase on […]

Mar 5, 2012

Moratorium called for Baltimore City water and sewer liens

A moratorium on placing liens on city houses solely for unpaid water or sewer charges will be introduced Monday night at the Baltimore City Council following a scathing audit that showed widespread problems in the city’s billing system. City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and City Councilman Carl Stokes said Monday they planned to […]

Jan 18, 2012

WSSC proposes 7.5 percent fee increase

LAUREL — Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials say they are proposing a 7.5 percent fee increase to water and sewer fees. The agency serves about 1.8 million residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The Washington Post reports that commission Chairman Roscoe M. Moore Jr. said in a letter to both county governments that the […]

Aug 3, 2011

Rockville’s district courthouse closes due to sewage leak

Rockville’s district courthouse, which opened Monday after three years of construction at a cost of $65 million, was closed Wednesday due to seeping sewage nearby — apparently the result of the strain the new facility put on a blocked city pipe. Human waste began to seep through a manhole cover about 40 feet from the […]

Aug 1, 2011

WSSC’s sewer overflows decline after settlement

WASHINGTON — Aging water mains in the Maryland suburbs have had a series of spectacular breaks requiring firefighters to rescue people from cascading water, residents to boil tap water and crews to rip up roads to replace shattered pipes. But the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission spends almost twice as much money rehabilitating another kind of […]

May 3, 2011

Sewer break, signals delay MARC trains into DC

ROCKVILLE — A sewer line break between Rockville and Garrett Park and signal problems are causing delays for MARC riders on all Brunswick Line trains into Washington. The Maryland Transit Administration says all trains into Washington are expected to be delayed 30 minutes or more departing from the Barnesville station on Tuesday. Metro is honoring […]

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