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Boonsboro, Keedysville residents asked to conserve water

July 22, 1998

BOONSBORO - Residents of Boonsboro and Keedysville are being asked to conserve water after their reservoir water supply dropped by 22-percent due to a combination of leaks and heavy water use.

"This morning it became drastic. We became alarmed," said Town Administrator Eldon Jones.

Last Thursday, the reservoir held its normal supply of about 1.33 million gallons of water.

Monday, it was down to 1.09 million gallons, and by Tuesday morning it had dropped again to 1.03 million gallons, Jones said.

Jones said he has detected several leaks in the water system, including one in a water main valve that he has hired a contractor to repair.

Jones himself fixed one of the leaks, a running toilet at a church, he said.

In addition to the leaks, a recent dry spell also has stressed the water system, he said.

Boonsboro High School was asked to stop watering its football field.

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Residents are being asked stop watering lawns and gardens or washing cars un til the water level returns to normal, which could be in a few days, Jones said.

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