Boonsboro lifts water use ban

July 17, 1997


Staff Writer

Despite an extended drought, the town of Boonsboro has managed to replenish its water supply enough to lift its water ban today.

Because of cooperative citizens and repaired leaks in Boonsboro and Keedysville pipes, Boonsboro Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman said the town reservoir bounced back to normal levels.

"But we're still stressing that these are drought conditions and ask people to use their water wisely," he said.

The water level in Boonsboro's reservoir has surged to more than 19 feet, about two feet higher than Friday's depth, Kauffman said.


The maximum level that the reservoir can sustain is 19 feet, 6 inches, the mayor added.

"We're hoping we can last out conditions throughout the summer," Kauffman said.

Town officials this week are still waiting for an appropriate system and price to temporarily filter the Crestview Well in Boonsboro, for which developers will foot the bill.

They also are seeking ways to bring a water pump on line at a new 505-foot well drilled Friday in the north end of Shafer Park, which would add 150 gallons a minute and more than 200,000 gallons a day to the town's water supply.

Although Boonsboro's ban has been lifted, another Tri-State area town has put a water ban in force.

Emmitsburg, Md., notified citizens Wednesday and today of an immediate mandatory water ban on outdoor functions in the town.

Officials in Smithsburg and Myersville, Md., said today they are waiting for several days of steady rain before they lift their three-week-long water bans on outdoor usage.

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