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Baltimore "loses" one third of its treated water, data show

Mark Reutter, Baltimore Brew on March 28, 2018

Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Board of Estimates got some startling news – 35.1% of the water released from Baltimore’s water treatment plants was “lost” before it reached the homes and businesses of city and county customers.

That statistic came from a Department of Public Works audit from fiscal year 2015, presented to the board today.

Faced with information that was three years old, the board understandably wanted to know if the city was still hemorrhaging hundreds of millions of gallons of water – and tens of millions of dollars.

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