ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)– The Department of Public Works has placed mandatory 24-hour restrictions on outdoor water use in northern and western sections of Anne Arundel County.

DPW says the restrictions are the result of the emergency repair and replacement of a major Baltimore City water supply transmission main to Anne Arundel County and the increased demand for water during summer months.

An announcement to lift the restrictions will take place in approximately two weeks when repair work is completed.

The county determined the restrictions were necessary to ensure that adequate water supply and pressure are available for customers and  fire protection.

During the mandatory restrictions, public water users in zip codes 20701, 20724, 20755, 20794, 21054, 21060, 21061, 21076, 21077, 21090, 21108, 21113, 21122, 21144, 21225, 21226 and 21240 may not do the following:

  • Water lawns, gardens, plants with a free running hose or sprinkler
  • Wash vehicles or equipment at home
  • Wash down paved areas, patios, parking areas, sidewalks or decks
  • Fill or top off home pools, ornamental fountains, artificial waterfalls and reflecting pools

During restrictions public water customers in the above zip codes may do the following:

  • Water gardens and house plans with watering cans, buckets or hand-held hose with automatic shut-off nozzle
  • Have cars washed at a commercial car wash
  • Continue to use personal charcoal and gas grills, but with extreme care to minimize fire risk

A person who violated the restrictions may be subject to a civil citation and a fine of $125.  The restrictions will be enforced by the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Concerned citizens reporting violations should call 410-222-8610.

Citizens should not call 911.

Exceptions, based on extraordinary hardship, may be requested through the Department of Public Works by telephone at 410-222-7582 or via email at


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