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Canton water main break spreading plume of discolored water into harbor near Waterfront Park

An aerial view shows a plume waterkeepers are monitoring on the Canton side of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

A water main break in Canton is causing a plume of clay-colored water in the Inner Harbor, city officials and Blue Water Baltimore said.

The local nonprofit that works to restore water quality in Baltimore’s rivers, streams and the harbor said in a tweet on Monday that the water main break was in the 900 block of S. Robinson St.

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Crews from the Department of Public Works were repairing the break, Blue Water Baltimore said, but are “not protecting storm drain inlets.” The group cautioned that sediments can carry heavy metals, excess nutrients and other toxins.

DPW said in a news release Monday night that there was a six-inch water main break in the Canton neighborhood that caused 100 water service outages. Workers are still on site working to make repairs.

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The agency said that the clay-colored water is from the water main break and that it is “temporary” and it does not include a public health threat.

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