On Wednesday, Aug. 31, Baltimore County began providing non-potable water at all career fire stations for residents with homes using well water who remain without power and have no running water.

"Four days after Irene, we recognize that the need for water is becoming critical for thousands of residents with wells," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in a statement.

When coming to a fire station for water, residents should bring containers with them.  

Most residents on wells live in rural areas outside the limits of public utilities. The career fire stations nearest these areas are:

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• Back River Neck, 805 Back River Neck Road, Essex 21221

• Brooklandville, 10017 Falls Road, Brooklandville 21093

Catonsville, 756 Frederick Road, 21228

• Franklin, 600 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown 21136

• Garrison, 15 Kenmar Ave., Owings Mills 21117

• Parkton, 18615 Middletown Road, Parkton 21120

• Texas, 9835 York Road, Cockeysville 21030

The other 18 career fire stations also will make hoses available to residents who need water:

• Chase, 12426 Eastern Blvd., Baltimore 21220

Dundalk, 2815 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk 21222

• Eastview, 1056 Old North Point Road, Baltimore 21222

• Edgemere, 6800 North Point Road, Edgemere 21219

• Essex, 800 Myrth Ave., Essex 21221

• Fullerton, 4401 Fitch Ave., Fullerton 21236

• Golden Ring, 6814 Golden Ring Road, Baltimore 21237

Halethorpe, 4500 Washington Blvd., Halethorpe 21227