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State denies borough's water supply request

March 27, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

The state has denied a request by the Borough of Chambersburg that would boost its water supply while drought conditions persist.

The borough had requested that it be allowed to reduce the amount of water the state requires it release into the Conococheague Creek from the two dams that create the Long Pine and Birch Run reservoirs, Borough Manager Eric Oyer said.

The borough made the request in February as part of its drought contingency plan.

The Department of Environmental Protection responded Monday, denying the borough's request, which was to cut the 1.16 million gallon daily release in half, Oyer said.

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The DEP also responded that the borough could not pump water from Falling Spring to supply its water customers.

The borough has a 300-day supply of water in its two reservoirs, which the DEP felt was adequate and did not warrant the requests.

"Considering that there is nearly seven months' storage in your reservoir without considering inflow and 11 months' storage considering inflow into the reservoir, we do not believe a reduction in your conservation release is necessary at this time," wrote Stuart Gansell, Commonwealth Drought Coordinator, in his response to the borough.

"The DEP did indicate it will entertain another submission if we give a worst-case scenario," Oyer said.

He said he plans to resubmit the request this week.

"Any water sent down the Conococheague is not available for drinking and water purposes. With a 300-day supply we are looking for all ways to conserve," Oyer said.

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