Pikesville’s Art Putzel knew his neighborhood had an issue with unreliable water mains.
But Putzel, who has lived in the Greengate community for 25 years, didn’t realize the extent of the problem until the neighborhood experienced two water main breaks over a six-week span this past
November and December.
Putzel, along with other Greengate residents, reached out to the Baltimore County Department of Public Works for help. There have been 10 water main breaks in the community — seven along Sugarcone Road, two on Shefflin Court and one on Pheasant Cross Drive — since 2001.
Department of Public Works spokesman David Fidler said based on the number of water main breaks in the area, the county is moving forward with developing a plan to make the proper repairs. This
includes spending approximately one year conducting surveys and doing design work to understand the full scope of the problem. Construction is tentatively set to begin sometime in 2014.
“This stretch of road continues to be of concern, which is why we have scheduled the area for a
replacement project,” Fidler said. “Completely fixing the problem takes time, but the project is in the pipeline and will be addressed.”
Putzel, a board member and past president of the Pikesville Greenspring Community Coalition, said he was impressed with how quickly the county responded.
“I figured they would just move forward with a study,” Putzel said. “These water main breaks just seem to be getting worse, and I’m glad the county agrees with us that something needs to be done to rectify the situation.”