Baltimore’s water capital improvement plan is estimated at $1.3 billion over the next six years. Much of 
that will be used to fund our aggressive 15 mile/year replacement or rehabilitation of the City’s water 
mains, many of which are over 100 years in age.  

Preventive inspections and replacement of failing sections of large water mains is ongoing. For this task 
we use the latest technologies which enable us to prevent catastrophic failures.   

In addition to water line renewal, Baltimore will be rehabilitating the Vernon, Cromwell, Pikesville, 
Towson, Ashburton, and Guilford Pumping Stations. Needed improvements will be made to the 
Montebello Water Filtration Plants, and a new water treatment plant is being designed for Fullerton. 
Mandated work was recently completed on covering the Montebello II and Towson Finished Drinking 
Water Reservoirs. Covering of our open finished drinking water reservoirs at Lake Ashburton and Druid 
Lake is in the near future, and work is now underway at Guilford Reservoir.  

The wastewater capital improvement plan is $701.1 million over the next six years. Collapses and 
blockages in sewer lines lead to overflows into nearby streams and basement backups. Baltimore 
continues its work in rehabilitating underground sewer infrastructure as required by a federal/state 
Consent Decree. Baltimore was among the first cities in the nation to enter into a Consent Decree, in 
2002, to rebuild its aging and leaking sewer collection system. After years of study, engineering, and 
construction the tasks were left unfinished, however. On June 1, 2016, federal and state regulators filed 
a modified Consent Decree that not only provides a framework for the completion of the work, but also 
insists on further upsizing of its sewer collection system and provides for ongoing maintenance and 
regulatory oversight for more than a decade.  

Wastewater projects include regulatory driven Enhanced Nutrient Removal at both wastewater 
treatment plants, numerous upgrades at Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the Back River 
Headworks project that will reduce the volume of sewer overflows by more than 80 percent.  

Baltimore is also nearing completion of the BaltiMeter installations to ensure accurate and timely water 
meter reading using AMI technology. This is coupled with a new BaltiMeter Billing system which will go 
into effect in October. Customers will be better able to track their water usage, and make more 
informed decisions about water use and looking for water leaks.  

Baltimore collects the funding to pay for the work required by its Metropolitan Separate Storm Sewer 
System (MS4) permit through a fee assessed on impervious surfaces. Stream restoration projects, storm 
drain inlet cleaning, and public-private partnerships that promote clean water, all help the City move 
toward its goal of restoring 20 percent of its impervious surface area. We have make important strides 
in reducing trash in our waterways, partly through the new initiative of installing screens in storm inlets.   

The DPW Bureau of Solid Waste collects trash and recycling from about 200,000 city households.  It 
provides services that include recycling, bulk trash pickup and household hazardous waste collection.  In 
2016 large, durable, wheeled municipal trash cans with attached lids were delivered to virtually every 
household in the City. This is an important step in rat infestation prevention and in keeping trash off the 
streets and out of streams and storm drains.  

One relatively new addition to the Department is the Office of Sustainable Energy (OSE).  This division is 
responsible for purchasing energy for City government buildings, vehicles and equipment. It also works 
to be sure energy is used as efficiently as possible, and looks for opportunities to generate renewable