Water Meter is a new tool that’s helping to improve water service in the city’s Baltimore neighborhood, and a key part of its work is monitoring the amount of salt in the water.
Baltimore Water officials say the system will stop working on Mondays, for the time being, in order to provide a better sense of how much salt is in the Baltimore River.
The Baltimore Water Department is partnering with the University of Maryland Center for the Environment and Sustainability to test the system for water quality on Monday, March 1, 2019.
“As the number of people living in the area increases, the amount and the quality of water is going to increase,” Baltimore Water Director Dan Pater said.
Pater says the goal is to have the system working by Monday.
In Baltimore, the average amount of daily salt in river water is less than 1 part per million, and the city is inching toward reducing that amount to less than 2 parts per million.
The City of Baltimore has a plan in place to reduce salt in its water.
It’s called a plan B, and it’s aimed at helping the city avoid more waterborne illnesses, according to the Department of Public Works.
Water meters are a crucial part of the city government’s water supply management, but Pater says they don’t work on Mondays because they’re not accurate enough to provide an accurate count of how often people use the water system.
If you want to know how much water you’re getting, it’s not accurate,” he said.
Pater said that the city uses the Water Meter to help identify when people are using the system.
It also helps the city decide how much of the water to use to meet its water use goals.
The Water Meter also tracks how much rainwater is in streams and how much is lost as rain.
This isn’t the first time that Water Meter has been used in the community.
In May, the Water Meter in Baltimore City started working again after a month-long suspension.
More information about the water meter can be found on the Water Meters webpage.