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Smithsburg bans outside water use

June 24, 1997

By JENNYLYNN BROWN

Staff Writer

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg on Tuesday became the second Washington County town to put water restrictions in place when town officials banned outside water uses.

The ban, stemming from dry weather that has lowered water levels in a spring that serves the town, went into effect at 9 a.m.

In order to conserve water, residents are asked to stop washing cars, watering lawns and filling swimming pools, said Betsy Martin, Smithsburg's clerk-treasurer.

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Boonsboro officials instituted a similar ban on June 12.

The town's main water source, Hauver's Spring, is three to four inches below normal operating levels, he said. The spring is located near Route 64 and Smithsburg.

Martin said only heavy rains would wash away the restrictions.

"We will have to get a substantial rain before we lift the ban," she said. "We're hoping we can lift the ban, but we will probably have to turn on Hagerstown (pumps), which will cost more."

Smithsburg can, if necessary, purchase water from Hagerstown.

Since January, 14.85 inches of precipitation have fallen in the area, said Greg Keefer, Hagerstown weather observer. The average rainfall from January to June is 18.92 inches, he said.

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