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Baltimore residents haven’t received a water bill since early May — and that will remain the case until at least early August, Mayor Jack Young said Wednesday. 

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Baltimore residents who face the most severe impacts of increasing water bills are disproportionately black, according to a new study released Tuesday.

The report, conducted by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which is independent from the NAACP, comes as the Baltimore City Council considers the Water Accountability & Equity Act.

DPW Finds Glitch in Water Billing Software

Feb 9, 2018
AMR Meter by PSNH via flickr

Officials at Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works noticed an error in their system that incorrectly sent out 566 water bills to customers earlier in the week.

Fresh water is 32 percent saltier than years past

Jan 15, 2018
Dominique Maria Bonessi

America’s fresh water is getting saltier, and has been over the last 50 years. That’s according to new research from the University of Maryland.

You’ve seen those big trucks driving around dumping salt on the roads. University of Maryland scientists say that is just one of the reasons that in the continental U.S. freshwater has become 32 percent more salty, and 90 percent more acidic.

Hogan allocates $2.5M in emergency funds to BCPS

Jan 8, 2018
Baltimore City Public Schools

Governor Larry Hogan promised an emergency $2.5 million for repairs to Baltimore City Schools' troubled heating systems today. And he blamed the problems on mismanagement. Meanwhile, at least eight Baltimore City schools were closed today because of continuing problems with the heating systems and a water main break.

DPW says it's ready for winter storm

Jan 3, 2018
Jonna McKone

Temperatures dipping into the single digits, multiple water-main breaks already this week. And now forecasters are predicting a monster winter storm will slam the entire East Cast tonight and early tomorrow. Public works crews say they are ready for whatever comes their way.

Water bill woes dampen holiday spirits

Dec 21, 2017
Dominique Maria Bonessi / 1992

Baltimore residents are being hit with skyrocketing water bills and many of them are heading to the Department of Public Works’ customer service office looking for some relief.

There was 81-year-old, Mary Duckett, who walked out of the customer service office glaring at her $385 water bill for the last three month.

To fix sewers, city must first rebuild its streams

Sep 26, 2017
Dominique Maria Bonessi

The recently revised sewage collection consent decree requires Baltimore to replace aging sewer pipes by 2030. But first, the city needs to rebuild streams whose banks have eroded over time.

Sewage in my home and hazardous to my health

Sep 12, 2017
Dominique Maria Bonessi

In Baltimore, residents have faced sewage backups in their homes for years which, says one Johns Hopkins University researcher, could be hazardous for your health.

BOE approves modified wastewater consent decree

Aug 9, 2017
WYPR-Tom Pelton

The Board of Estimates agreed today to changes in a 15-year-old consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency that gives the city more time to fix its troubled sewer system. But, not everyone was happy with it.