BALTIMORE, March 8 (UPI) — A broken pipe in Maryland’s Baltimore County forced the closing of 11 schools and cut off water for 100,000 people, utility officials said.
The 36-inch, 54-year-old concrete pipe burst Saturday below a stream bed in the Gwynns Falls watershed, initially leaving nearly 100,000 people without water, The Baltimore Sun reported Monday. As of late Sunday, an estimated 40,000 people remained without water.
Schools without water were closed Monday and families were told they could fill containers from an emergency water supply at the Reisterstown Sportsplex. Utility officials said it could be weeks before water supplies return to normal.
Baltimore resident Adel Hizi, who has a 9-month-old baby, said he was considering taking his family to a hotel because dirty dishes and clothing were piling up and he was using store-bought water to empty his toilet.
“It is costing me $7 every time I flush,” Hizi said.
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