Boonsboro extends water use ban

June 24, 1997


Staff Writer

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro officials have extended a water use ban to include all outdoor uses.

At least six volunteer fire companies spent most of Monday hauling water from a water source owned by Hagerstown on Roxbury Road to the Boonsboro's reservoir, according to Boonsboro Volunteer Fire Co. Capt. Mike Haupt.

Haupt said tankers from Williamsport, Sharpsburg, Middletown, Md., Mount Aetna and Fairplay have assisted. He said the tankers hold anywhere from 1,500 to 2,750 gallons.

"It's just like a water shuttle operation for a fire," he said.

Boonsboro officials on June 12 told residents not to water lawns because the town's reservoir was critically low. On Friday, the ban was extended to include filling swimming pools, washing cars and other outdoor uses.


"It's down about four feet and it wasn't showing any signs of getting better," said Assistant Mayor Howard W. Long, who serves on the town's Utilities Commission. "This is not voluntary; it's mandatory."

The reservoir's maximum capacity is about 191/2 feet.

Residents who violate the ban can face fines.

Long urged residents to take steps to conserve water.

"We have a lot of new homeowners and I know people want pretty green lawns, but you have to look out for the community too," he said.

In addition to insufficient rainfall, Boonsboro's reservoir was depleted by an accident at the town's carnival several weeks ago.

An ice truck hit a utility pole, which in turn knocked out power to pump at the Warrenfeltz spring that feeds the reservoir.

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