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Ground water, resevoir levels remain sufficient in Boonsboro

March 05, 2002|BY TARA REILLY

BOONSBORO - Ground water and reservoir levels remain sufficient in Boonsboro, but the town's manager said Monday night that the drought is so severe it will take five years before water levels throughout Washington County are back to normal.

"This drought is worse than in 1999," Town Manager Jake Jones said.

The Boonsboro Town Council discussed the drought at its Monday night meeting.

The town has asked residents to voluntarily conserve water until the drought is over.

Councilman Kevin Chambers said this past weekend's rainfall helped the county some, but that conservation is still needed.

"It's certainly not enough," Chambers said. "We still want to maintain our conservation of water."

The town's water supply is in good shape, he said.

"We have plenty of water," Chambers said.

Jones said water levels are low in other parts of the area, such as in Clear Spring, where a spring that gave the town its name went dry in February.

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Western Maryland, including Washington County, is under a drought watch, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

A drought is a six-month period in which precipitation is at least 15 percent below normal, according to the National Weather Service.

Jones said organizations should be asked to keep from watering fields and golf courses until the drought ends.

"I think somebody needs to approach these people and say let's cease..." Jones said.

Boonsboro Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman said he was surprised that the governor hasn't declared a mandatory, statewide conservation.

"It is a serious situation," Kauffman said. "It affects all of the East Coast."

Kauffman also said that conserving water is a sensible thing to do.

"It's a good thing for people to do all the time anyhow," Kauffman said. "You got to protect the environment."

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