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How to Connect to Public Water in Baltimore, Maryland

A reliable water connection in Baltimore is essential for public health, safety, and economic development. Safe drinking water is essential for preventing waterborne diseases, and a reliable water supply is necessary for fire protection, businesses, and industry. The process of connecting to the city's water supply can be complex and time-consuming. It is important to understand the entire process before starting so that you can avoid any delays or surprises.

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Starting with the Basics

Why connect to Public Water?

Public water sources in Baltimore are generally considered to be reliable and safe. The Baltimore City Department of Public Works monitors the water quality regularly and ensures that it meets all state and federal standards.

Understanding Responsibility:

Homeowner responsibility

  • Water service line
  • Inside plumbing
  • Water meter

City responsibility

  • Water main
  • Sewer line
  • Streetside valves

The Process of Connecting Public Water

Locating Your Property's Water Access Point:

  • Look for the water meter
  • Follow the pipe
  • Look for the shut-off valve

Choosing the Right Service Provider:

Seadmok is a utility company that specializes in water and sewer assets. Our mission is to improve the functionality of all water and sewer distribution systems. Contact us today to get an experienced technician to assist.

Installation of Water Service Connection:

Steps involved in creating a new water service connection:

  • Contact your local water utility
  • Submit an application
  • Pay the connection fee
  • Schedule an inspection
  • Install the water service line
  • Connect the water meter
  • Turn on the water

Steps involved in adapting an existing water service connection:

  • Contact your local water utility
  • Submit an application
  • Pay the connection fee
  • Schedule an inspection
  • Make the necessary repairs or modifications
  • Turn on the water

Permit Pulling – An Essential Step:

Understanding the Importance of Permits:

Permits are vital for water connection processes because they help to ensure the safety and reliability of the water supply. Permits can also help to protect the environment and prevent damage to public property.

Who Can Pull a Permit:

Only licensed contractors, like Seadmok Water, can officially pull permits for water connections. This is because permits require that the work be done by qualified professionals who follow all applicable codes and regulations.

If you are considering connecting to public water in Baltimore, it is important to work with a licensed contractor to ensure that the process is done correctly and safely. A licensed contractor will be able to pull the necessary permits and ensure that the work is done in accordance with all applicable codes and regulations.

Government Resources:


For more information contact the Water Supply Program at:

 410-537-3702 or​​

Tips and Recommendations:

Choosing the Right Pipes:

The best materials for pipes in Baltimore will depend on several factors, including the specific conditions of the soil, the expected lifespan of the pipes, and the budget. However, some of the most common materials used for water pipes in Baltimore include:

  • Copper
  • PEX
  • PVC

Grasping Water Line Sizes:

  • 1/2 inch: This is the smallest common water line size and is typically used for faucets, sinks, and toilets.
  • 3/4 inch: This is a medium-sized water line size and is typically used for dishwashers, washing machines, and sprinkler systems.
  • 1 inch: This is a large water line size and is typically used for water heaters and boilers.
  • 1.5 inch: This is a very large water line size and is typically used for commercial applications.

Burying Water Lines Safely

The recommended depth for burying main water lines in Baltimore is 48 inches. This depth is sufficient to protect the pipes from freezing, damage from vehicles, and other hazards.

However, there are some factors that may affect the recommended depth of the water line, such as:

  • Soil conditions
  • Groundwater level
  • Traffic volume

Costs and Financial Planning:

Expected Expenses:

The cost of a water connection in Baltimore can vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of connection, the length of the water line, the materials used, and the difficulty of the installation.

Available Financial Aid:

Several programs offer several financial assistance programs to help homeowners connect to public water. These programs are designed to make water connections more affordable for low-income and other homeowners who may need help.

One of the most notable programs is the Water4All program. This program provides financial assistance to homeowners who are unable to afford the cost of a water connection. The program covers the cost of the water connection, as well as the cost of any necessary permits and inspections.

Another program that is available to homeowners is the Low-Income Water Assistance Program. This program provides financial assistance to homeowners who are struggling to pay their water bills. The program can help homeowners cover the cost of their water bill for up to a year.


Understanding the water connection process is key to avoiding delays and making informed decisions. Seadmok Water offers comprehensive support to help you through the entire process, from permits to installation to inspection. We can also help you find financial assistance to make it more affordable. Contact us today to learn more.

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Contact Seadmok Water today to learn more about our comprehensive water connection services and how we can help you facilitate a seamless transition to public water in Baltimore.

We offer a variety of services to help you through the entire water connection process, from obtaining permits to installing the water line to inspecting the connection.

Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing you with the best possible service and ensuring that your water connection is done right. We understand that connecting to public water can be a daunting task, but we are here to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for you.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your water connection needs