Broken water main affects residences, businesses
Many Towson residential and business areas lost water on Oct. 22 sometime between 5 and 6 a.m.
Department of Public Works Spokesman Kurt Kocher said that the water main break caused the low water pressure, no water and some cases of colored water from approximately Loch Raven Boulevard to Belair Road to Joppa Road on south to Northern Parkway and even a little beyond Glenmore Avenue.
“When water was being redirected at work at Towson reservoir a pressure surge occurred,” he said. “In this particular case it’s like three broken mains because where they all join was broken.”
Traffic was closed all day on Oct. 22 for the repairs and water was returned to residential areas around noon, but about 25 businesses remain without power near the Towson Place Shopping Center on Putty Hill Avenue and Goucher Boulevard.
The work being done at Towson Reservoir is a project to transform the open lake into enclosed tanks, as is now required by law, Kocher said.
The outage was not because of the change to tanks but because you have to do connections and reroute water and water valves, he said.
Work was being completed on Wednesday, Oct. 23 with hopes to return water to the businesses by the end of the day, Kocher said.