Yvonne Hope, a former Town Council member whose home is adjacent to the Hebron Road site where the new filtration plant would be located, said "Water is going to become more and more valuable" and the town should have control over its own supply.
Hope questioned the ability of the council and Mayor Ralph Taylor to "stand up for the people" and regain some control over the water supply.
MDE's decision could widen the water rift between the towns. At the same time, the two filtration plants could reduce or eliminate another problem. During the current dry spell, Keedysville has been pumping 200,000 gallons of water to Boonsboro each day. A filtration plant for a well Boonsboro cannot now use - because of poor water quality - could spell relief in a drought.
In addition to pumping water from Keedysville's spring, Boonsboro has been buying and trucking water in from Hagerstown.
The MDE decision bothered Brandenburg, in part, because it came "with no input from the town." There is supposed to be a meeting between the department and representatives from the two towns in Baltimore on Thursday, but he said it may have to be rescheduled.
The decision to build two plants and make Boonsboro custodian is a return to an earlier plan for the water system, according to Brandenburg. A previous plan called for one plant serving both towns at a cost of $3.1 million.
The estimate for the pumping, filtration and chlorination plant on Hebron Road and a 90,000-gallon water tank in Taylor Park was $700,000. He did not know the total cost of the MDE plan.