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Boil water advisory fully lifted: How to flush pipes, where to get water in West Baltimore

City officials have fully lifted a boil water advisory for West Baltimore, deeming water safe for consumption after residents flush their pipes. Recent water samples in the area have tested negative for E. coli.

Water distribution will continue through noon Saturday at Harlem Park Middle/Elementary School at 1401 W. Lafayette Ave.

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Residents who need bottled water delivered to their homes can dial 311 to schedule a drop-off.

Water distribution began Tuesday.

A maximum of 3 gallons will be distributed per household.

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A precautionary boil water advisory issued Monday for Southwest Baltimore County was lifted Wednesday evening. DPW’s most recent water samples from that area were negative for E. coli and total coliform.

Pipe flushing

City officials have instructed residents within the boil water advisory boundaries to flush their pipes before consuming the water again by following these steps:

  • Run all cold water taps for 15 minutes, beginning with the lowest faucet in a building and moving one by one to the faucet on the highest floor.
  • After 15 minutes, turn off the faucets in reverse order, from highest to lowest.
  • Residents should also flush their refrigerators’ water lines and run appliances like washing machines and dishwashers.
  • All ice made since the boil water advisory was put in place should be thrown out, along with the next three batches of ice.
  • Wipe ice maker containers clean with a solution of two tablespoons bleach to a gallon of water.
  • Apartment buildings and multistory buildings should notify all residents of the procedure and flush starting with the closest tap to the water connection moving outward.
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