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Today: Land Use Committee Investigating City’s Response To Poe Homes Water Outage

Today: Land Use Committee Investigating City's Response To Poe Homes Water Outage

Informational Hearing Called In June By Council President Scott

BALTIMORE, MD (September 25, 2019) — On Wednesday, September 25 at 1:00pm in the Council Chambers, the Land Use Committee of the Baltimore City Council will hold an informational hearing on the city’s response to a water outage that impacted Poe Homes residents this June. Council President Brandon M. Scott called for the hearing following the nearly week-long outage.

“We know Baltimore’s infrastructure is aging and our city could be at risk of water outages in the future,” said Council President Scott. “What happened this summer at Poe Homes was simply unacceptable. We must ensure we have protocol and practices in place to avoid anything like this from happening to Baltimore residents in the future.” 

In a resolution introduced on June 24, Council President Scott called for an informational hearing with representatives from the Department of Public Works, Department of Housing and Community Development, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, Baltimore City Public School System, Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Baltimore City Health Department. 

The goal is to discuss the protocols in place for Baltimore City residents should they lose access to water in the future. The Committee will also review the response to the water crisis at Poe Homes to understand what led to the breakdown in response and communication during the outage. 

The informational hearing will be livestreamed at 1:00pm on Council President Scott’s Facebook page

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