Mayor Brandon Scott said Friday that members of Department of Public Works meter shop staff will remain in place and receive training to ensure they repair meters effectively.
Former Mayor Jack Young said in October that the city would close the meter shop, which is responsible for installing, repairing and manually reading water meters.
Scrutiny of the billing system increased following the release in December of a joint report by the inspectors general for the city and county.
Baltimore County signed an emergency six-month contract with Itron to conduct its meter readings, he said.
Garbark said the remaining city employees will return once the new task force begins its work, including an individual skills assessment for each staff member.