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The Department of the Environment continues to conduct inspections and ensure that the Safe Drinking Water Act is enforced
The Department of General Services is delivering 37,000 bottles of water to help the city with water distribution
Department of Emergency Management, facilitating city resource requests, coordination between affected jurisdictions

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced state efforts by several state agencies to help Baltimore City address elevated bacterial levels in a portion of the city’s drinking water system.

“Our agencies are working around the clock to support city officials and ensure access to clean water,” Gov. Hogan said. “Residents in the affected areas should follow Boil water advice until it is raised. We will continue to provide coordination and technical support, and provide the necessary resources and staff if the situation requires it.”

That Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is the lead agency that works with the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) to implement and enforce the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and to ensure that all appropriate health record standards are maintained. MDE has a team of engineers on site who inspect the distribution system, treatment systems, pumping stations and other infrastructure. MDE will also conduct inspections at designated treatment facilities in and around the affected area.

Since raising the State Activation Level to Enhanced, the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) has participated in the following coordination activities:

  • Liaison with the city’s Emergency Operations Center and set up conference calls with affected jurisdictions.
  • Procurement of additional bottled water for local hospitals and adult care facilities within the advisory area.
  • Facilitating Baltimore City’s Maryland Intrastate Emergency Management Requests (MIEMAC) for water samplers and emergency response center planners.
  • Assisted Baltimore DPW in setting up a Joint Information Center (JIC).

This afternoon, the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) delivered 37,000 bottles of water to Harlem Park School to help the city with water distribution. In addition, DGS procures water procurement requests through government contracts and emergency providers as needed. That Maryland Department of Human Services (MDH) donated two pallets of water.

That Maryland Department of Health (MDH) offers public health guidance – including answers to specific questions related to food manufacturing and hospitality facilities – and also has water samplers on hand to help.

That Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) provides technical support to ensure important public domain documents are accessible to people using assistive technology and makes communication devices accessible at water refill stations.

Maryland State Police (MSP) provides security and transportation for critical assets to support operations.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
Maryland Department of Health and Human Services Boiling Water Fact Sheet
Update from the Maryland Department of the Environment

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