The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Water Main Breaks:
Don’t Hold Your Breath

Dec 10, 2012

Since July, Baltimore City has had four major water main breaks, at Light Street downtown, the sink hole on Monument St. near Johns Hopkins Hospital, on Charles Street at North Avenue in November and the latest on East Madison downtown. Traffic jams on these main streets were horrendous. The sink hole still needs more work.

But it’s hardly a surprise since the water pipes in Baltimore are very old. In some places, there are pipes more than 100 years old.

City officials admitted repairs are not moving fast enough. Their big announcement was that they would “speed up” repairs was that they would increase the rate of replacement of old pipes from five miles a year to 40 miles a year.

At that rate it will take 95 years to replace 3,800 miles of water pipes around the city!