30+ water main breaks in Baltimore area; crews to work 12-hour shifts

30+ water main breaks in Baltimore-area; crews to work 12-hour shifts

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - As the Baltimore area struggles with about three dozen water main breaks, crews will start working mandatory 12-hour shifts to help make repairs.

Baltimore's Department of Public Works, which oversees the city and county, said Tuesday that crews from the Bureau of Water and Wastewater will start working longer shifts to address the problem.

The department will also use private contractors for breaks on major roads, so DPW crews can focus on breaks in neighborhoods.

The flood of water main breaks has been "due to the near record-setting cold temperatures gripping the region," said the department in a news release, noting it will only do mechanical street-sweeping Wednesday this wee because of the cold.

"We want citizens to know that DPW is committed to repairing water mains as quickly as possible," said DPW Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., in the news release "I request the public's patience as we work to make these repairs."

As a result of the cold temperatures, mechanical street sweeping has been cancelled every day this week except for Wednesday.

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