Maryland water restrictions

August 09, 1999

You cannot:

-- Water lawns. Gardens may be sprinkled with watering cans or a hand-held hose. Don't use sprinklers.

Variance. Lawns that have been seeded or sodded after July 1, but before Aug. 4, can be watered. Watering must be limited to after 8 p.m. and before 8 a.m. and only until the lawn is established.

-- Wash cars. Commercial car washing is allowed only in facilities where at least 80 percent of the water is recycled.

Variance. Commercial car washes may operate provided they reduce water consumption by 10 percent and reduce hours of operation and close every Tuesday (except for those that recycle 80 percent), make changes to conserve water by changing nozzles to a smaller size and restricting optional services to conserve water such as a under-carriage wash.


-- Fill or top off private pools. Public pools, pools serving health care facilities and residential pools serving more than 25 units may be filled or topped off. Newly built pools may be filled.

-- Wash paved surfaces of streets, roads, sidewalks, driveways, buildings, garages, parking areas or patios.

Variance. The washing of loading docks, ambulance bays and other paved or outdoor surfaces of commercial or industrial businesses or health care facilities where washing the paved surface is necessary to address health and safety concerns.

-- Operate ornamental fountains, artificial waterfalls and reflecting pools.

-- Water golf course fairways, except with syringe irrigation. Tees and greens are limited to the minimum amount of water necessary.

Variance. Owners or operators of athletic fields must cut in half the amount of water they normally use. Water usage can be measured either by using a meter gauge or by the amount of time taken to water property. Watering must be done after 8 p.m. and before 8 a.m.

-- Serve water to customers in restaurants unless it is specifically requested.


BUSINESSES: Voluntary 10 percent reduction in water use. Must prepare emergency plans to reduce water usage by 10 percent and include provisions for immediate implementation if required. Businesses using less than 10,000 gallons per day are excepted.

FARMS: No prohibition on agricultural irrigation.

OPEN BURNING: Banned statewide. Does not apply to charcoal and gas grills, park campfires in approved rings or firefighter training.

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