City Emergencies

Water Boil Advisory Situation

Updated 9/9/2022 

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today, September 9th, that the water-boil advisory has been lifted. Residents no longer need to boil water before use.

What should I do now?

Residents should take the following steps after the lifting of a boil water advisory:
Run all cold water taps for fifteen (15) minutes.

  • If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run cold water.
  • Begin with the lowest faucet in your home or business and then open the other faucets one at a time, moving from your lowest floor to your highest.
  • After fifteen (15) minutes, turn off your faucets in reverse order, from highest to lowest.
  • You should also flush your refrigerator's water lines.
  • All ice made since the boil water advisory was put in place should be discarded, as well as the next three batches.
  • Ice maker containers should be wiped clean with a solution of two tablespoons bleach to one gallon of water.
  • Apartment buildings and multi-story buildings should notify all residents, occupants and users of this procedure and flush starting the closest tap to the water connection moving outward.

Understanding the inconvenience this has caused residents, Mayor Scott has decided to extend a 25 percent discount on water bills for the entire city.


Note: The City will continue its water distribution efforts at the Cherry Hill and Lansdowne sites until 12pm today and at the Harlem Park site until 8pm today and continuing tomorrow 9/9/2022 from 9am-12pm.


Mayor Press Release 9/9/2022: Baltimore City Department of Public Works Receives All Clear to End Boil Water Advisory

DPW Press Release 9/7/2022: DPW Announces Partial Lift of Boil Water Advisory; Required Boil Water Advisory Remains in Effect for a Portion of West Baltimore

Press Conference 9/7/2022: Updates on Water Contamination

Mayor Press Release 9/6/2022: City of Baltimore Provides Updates on Boil Water Advisory

DPW Press Release 9/5/2022: DPW issues Required Boil Water Advisory for Parts of West Baltimore

DPW - Boil Water Advisory Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Baltimore Banner - Baltimore City officials awaiting updated test results as thousands remain under boil water advisory

Baltimore Sun - Boil water advisory: Where to get water in West Baltimore