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Clear Spring mayor considers N.H. trip

July 09, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - A plane trip to New Hampshire to tour a state-of-the-art water filtration system may be in the future for the town's mayor and others.

As the town inches closer to revamping its ailing water system, the choices for filtration are either diatomaceous earth or a new system using ceramic filtration.

Several other Washington County municipalities already use the diatomaceous earth process to filter water, Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said.

The ceramic filtration method requires less operator time for maintenance and eliminates the need to dispose of the used diatomaceous earth, Hose said.

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The trip to the water filtration plant in New Hampshire was voted on by the town council. Hose said he would most likely be accompanied by Town Clerk Juanita Grimm and possibly Greg Murray, director of the Washington County Water and Sewer Department, who has expressed an interest.

In the meantime, the town is submitting applications for $1.2 million for both the filtration system and a water storage tank to ensure clean and abundant water for the town's water customers.

The water filtration has been mandated by the Maryland Department of the Environment because of poor test results on the town's current water supply. The deadline for filtration to be in place is next spring.

The water storage tank has long been in the planning stage so the water currently stored untreated in the town's reservoir could be treated. That water then would be pumped into the storage tank containing a supply of treated water that could last several days.

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