What to know about the Brown water advisory in Baltimore.
What to Know about the Baltimore water advisory on Monday.
The Baltimore city water supply is in crisis.
BALTIMORE (AP) A new Baltimore water safety advisory recommends people not drink water from any city-owned tap and boil water advisories are in effect for nearly all of the city’s residents.BALTIERSEQUITIES ADVISORY: The advisories, issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways, warn residents of all levels of exposure to lead.
The advisors, which will remain in effect until at least Friday, were issued by DWP spokesman Jason Pohl in advance of the Maryland Aqueduct Commission meeting Friday.
They warn that residents should avoid drinking water from tap, boil, and well water systems as well as the city-controlled sewage system.
In addition, residents who have received lead poisoning, including those in households, should contact a physician.
They can be treated by using the bottled water or by using a fluoride toothpaste, which should not be consumed.
Anyone with elevated levels of lead should stop using the city tap water and boil it at least one hour before drinking, according to the advisories.
In the Baltimore area, residents are being urged to use bottled water to minimize exposure to the toxin.
The city is using a water filter, which filters water through filters on its tap, as well.
People in the Baltimore metropolitan area who are residents of the surrounding counties, including Montgomery, Frederick, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Anne Biddeford, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Carrollston, Anne Marie, Howard County, Anne Anson, Anne Allen, Anne Anne Arapahoe, and Anne Aroostook, should avoid water that is coming from the city or any county-owned system, the advisors advise.
The city’s drinking water is considered safe for drinking, cooking and bathing.
Residents in the greater Baltimore area can avoid exposure to elevated lead levels by: Drinking filtered water and taking fluoride toothpastes.
Using a fluoride-based toothpaste.
Using bottled water and using a tap water filter.
In addition to water filters, residents in the city can: Use bottled water in a water tap that is located at least 1,000 feet from a well, wellhead, and pipe or hose.
The tap water should not contain lead.
Use bottled water only in an enclosed well or water system, which is the water system with the lowest water level.
Inspect your water well regularly to monitor the level of lead in the water and to test for lead.
If lead is found, remove the water well and clean the water thoroughly with chloramine, bleach, or water.
Contact your local water utility or the city to find out if there is a lead service line in your area.
If your water is being tested for lead, test the water with a testing kit that contains a lead test kit and a lead sample kit.
For more information, contact your local utility or city water utility.
Follow the links below to learn more about the advisements.