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Baltimore Water Quality: Then & Now
Baltimore was founded in 1729, nearly 50 years before the United States gained its independence. Already a thriving community along the Patapsco River, early settlers and natives sourced their Baltimore drinking water directly from local wells, streams, ponds, and springs.
As Baltimore grew, so too did its need for quality drinking water. In the early 1800s, The Baltimore Water Company set to work on the city’s water infrastructure. The company, which became municipal in 1854, organized its first distribution system and the first reservoir at the corner of Center and Calvert Streets, receiving water from Jones Falls.
The construction of the Lake Roland Dam and Reservoir and the development of mains and conduits further expanded the Jones Falls water supply. Recurring droughts during the 1870s and 1880s led to even larger expansion: The Water Department completed Lake Chapman (now Druid Lake) in 1865, a dam at Gunpowder Falls, as well as the Druid Hill and Loch Raven Reservoirs.
In the early 1900s, mounting public health concerns drove Baltimore to build a filtration plant at Lake Montebello. The plant began chlorinating, which vastly improved Baltimore water quality. However, the original indoor filters, which remain in use, are beginning to show their age.
Today, Baltimore drinking water comes from surface water from rainfall and snowmelt as its water source. This water, approximately 75 billion gallons at available capacity, is collected and stored in the City’s Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy reservoirs.
According to a recent report on Baltimore water quality, The Department of Public Works complies with EPA standards. However, open reservoirs and water sources, like in many of the country’s earliest cities, are susceptible to contamination, and residents complain of an earthy taste or musty odor in Baltimore tap water.
Also like many older cities, most of Baltimore’s water mains and water infrastructure are cast iron pipes, the industry standard until the mid-1960s. Older cast iron pipes are prone to clusters of corrosion and bacteria along the inside of the pipe. Sometimes these clusters break off and travel with your water to your faucet, resulting in water cloudiness, red water, and off-taste.
Quench Water Coolers –
A Better Drinking Water System for Baltimore
Concerned about the corrosion and bacteria that may have seeped into your local Baltimore drinking water as it traveled through old cast iron pipes? We are too, and that’s why we’re here to help. Quench offers a full complement of water filtration and sanitization technologies to remove sediment and bacteria, reduce chemical contaminants, including lead, and get rid of off-tastes and odors. Depending on your local water quality, your Quench Water Expert may recommend our NSF-certified carbon filtration, which works great for water with TDS (total dissolved solids) levels under 250 ppm (parts per million) or our NSF-certified reverse osmosis (RO) filtration, which is the gold standard for water with TDS levels over 250 ppm. By creating a customized water filtration solution and tailoring your installation and service needs for your business, we can guarantee that Quench office water coolers produce crisp, clean, great-tasting water – and at a fraction of the price of bottled water delivery services. Go bottle free with Quench and you will save time, money, and the environment, plus you will have better tasting and safer drinking water!
Quench Proudly Serves More Than 60,000 Customers Nationwide
I want to thank the team at Quench for the quick, professional installation of our new water system. You and your installation team made the process very simple and timely from start to finish. I highly recommend your product as an alternative to water bottles!
Nationwide Service with Local Presence
Quench’s dedicated customer team stands behind every installation. You’ll always find a well-trained, friendly human at the other end of the phone, and all service is performed by insured, certified Quench-badged technicians. Our customer service promise includes proactive preventive maintenance, filter changes, and all service and support. We worry about your drinking water, so you don’t have to.
Proudly providing businesses with clean, filtered drinking water in all the greater Baltimore Area neighborhoods, including Arlington, Cheswolde, Liberty Square, Windsor Hills, Barclay, Cold Spring, Guilford, Keswick, Mount Washington, The Orchards, Roland Park, Waverly, Woodbourne-Heights, Wyndhurst, Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello, Hamilton, Morgan Park, Lexington, Rosemont, Bolton Hill, Inner Harbor, Seton Hill, and Old Town.
Quench Filtration Solutions
For over 20 years, Quench has focused exclusively on providing businesses with the highest quality filtered water. This commitment to doing one thing well has made us the trusted water authority for over 50% of the Fortune 500. We offer the best bottleless water coolers, ice machines, sparkling water dispensers, and coffee brewers to fit any workplace. No matter your location, company size, or industry, we have a filtered water solution that is right for you!