By BRENDAN KIRBY
BOONSBORO - Town officials Thursday ordered residents not to water their lawns in an effort to conserve a depleted reservoir.
Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said the reservoir is low because of a combination of dry weather and an accident that occurred at the town's carnival two weeks ago. He said an ice truck struck a utility pole, which knocked out power to a pump at the Warrenfeltz spring.
Kauffman said town officials did not discover the problem until the next day. during the 19 hours the pump was off, the reservoir dropped a couple of feet, Kauffman said.
"The reservoir has never been able to recover since then because of the lack of rain," he said.
Councilman Kevin Chambers, chairman of the Utilities Commission, said the reservoir is at 37 inches, down from a maximum capacity of 191/2 feet. He said officials would like it to be 18 feet or better.