After releasing a “precautionary” boil water map yesterday that included a portion of Anne Arundel County, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works has updated the map to exclude Anne Arundel.
“Anne Arundel County hasn’t used Baltimore city waters for several years now,” explained Jeff Amoros, spokesman for County Executive Steuart Pittman, referring The Brew to DPW’s new map (see above).
There was also confusion about another neighboring jurisdiction, Howard County.
Portions of Howard County were also included in the map that DPW released late yesterday.
Officials said that, while some Howard County residents do receive water from the potentially affected area of the city via the Elkridge Pumping Station, this water source was shut off as soon as Howard officials learned of the city’s E. coli contamination.
“Water is being provided through alternative redundant means,” Howard County government spokesman Mark S. Miller said.
Remaining unclear today is precisely what people in this larger “precautionary” boil water area are advised to do in contrast to those in the directly impacted area in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Harlem Park and Sandtown-Winchester.
DPW said no samples tested from this wide swath of the west side of the city and the larger region (the green dots on the map) were positive for E. coli.
Officials in Baltimore County, whose Arbutus, Halethorpe and Lansdowne residents are within the city’s boil water area, today advised residents to observe the same precautions the City recommended for West Baltimore residents: boiling water for at least two minutes before drinking, etc..
Today’s update from DPW also included a link to an interactive map of the boil water areas.
To access it, click on the blue “OK” button at the bottom right corner of the page that comes up with this link.
Let us know how it works for you, readers.