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Smithsburg reservoir repairs slated

January 15, 1998

The hole in the City of Hagerstown's Smithsburg reservoir could be repaired in two weeks, the city's Water Department manager said Wednesday.

Repair recommendations from Gannett Fleming Engineers Inc. list the expected cost of the work at from $2,000 to $3,000, said Manager Gene Walzl.

Work is expected to begin next week and take about a week, if weather permits, Walzl said.

The reservoir began leaking in mid-December, stopping when the water level dropped below the hole in the bottom slope of the reservoir.

About 15 million gallons, or three-fourths of the reservoir's capacity, leaked from the reservoir.

The reservoir south of Smithsburg is not a source of drinking water for Hagerstown's roughly 75,000 water customers.

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