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Washington County elevated to drought warning status

March 07, 2002

The Maryland Department of Environment has updated Washington County's drought status from a watch to a warning.

According to the agency's Web site, Washington County's hydrologic indicators show greater stress than the rest of Western Maryland. It notes the increased demand for replacement wells due to low groundwater levels.

In Hancock, Town Manager Lou Close is asking residents to voluntarily conserve water.

No problems have been reported with the town's water supply, but Close is asking residents to conserve as a precautionary measure due to drought conditions in Washington County.

If Hancock were still using the Little Tonoloway Creek as a water source, mandatory restrictions would have been enacted by now because of the creek's low water level, Close said.

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The town switched from the creek to a well within the last few years. The 600-foot-deep well is off Pennsylvania Avenue.

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