I believe it’s time to rethink management of the water system that serves Baltimore County and surrounding jurisdictions. At the County Council’s work session at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Council will be discussing Councilman David Marks’ resolution supporting the creation of a regional authority to handle the area’s water and sewer needs.
While the measure doesn’t spell out details, it urges the county administration – along with city, state and other officials – to investigate the idea. The resolution cites recent water main breaks and says the county’s “public water infrastructure may be approaching the end of its useful life.”
I was quoted in The Baltimore Sun expressing my support for Councilman Marks’ resolution, which I will be co-sponsoring.
“Councilman Izzy Patoka, of Pikesville, said he wants to explore a structure similar to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which serves Montgomery and Prince George’s County.
“That commission’s leadership includes a general manager, inspector general, corporate secretary and six commissioners. Each county has three commissioners, who are appointed to four-year terms by the county executives.
“Patoka said a regional authority could focus solely on water and sewer matters, while DPW must deal with a myriad of issues.
“‘I think that it’s a model that we should at least examine to see if it would work for this area,’” Patoka said.