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Clear Spring water storage tank gets approval from MDE

September 10, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - Town officials have received word that the Maryland Department of the Environment has approved a permit for the construction of a 340,000-gallon water storage tank.

The next step in the long process will occur Oct. 4 when bids for the project are opened, Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said.

The long-term goal is to ensure that the town always has an adequate supply of treated water for its customers no matter whether there is a drought or not, Hose said.

Combined with this step is the town's need to filter the water it now provides - a requirement mandated by the state that must be achieved by next spring.

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Taking that process one step closer Monday night, the council voted unanimously to pay $44,500 to Arro Engineering of Hagerstown to study the town's options for providing that filtration.

The mandate came after samples taken of the Clear Spring water showed that filtration would be necessary.

There were hopes that new and better sources of water might be found but in May, Maryland Department of the Environment engineer Shantini Senanayake said she felt certain that ultimately some type of filtration would be necessary.

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