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Frederick to turn Well No. 4 back on

January 06, 2003

FREDERICK, Md. - The City of Frederick will turn Well No. 4 back on again beginning Monday for additional testing.

The testing, estimated to take up to two weeks, is a requirement of the Maryland Department of the Environment and a part of the city's application to obtain a permanent permit for the well.

Residents in Monocacy and Fredericktowne Villages may experience the effects of hard water over the next two weeks. Residents will be issued a post card with information on dealing with hard water.

Although the extension on the emergency temporary permit of Well No. 4 only allows the city to withdraw up to 10,000 gallons per day from the well, next week's testing will require that the well run at the same capacity it has been over the past few months.

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Once the testing is completed, Well No. 4 will more than likely be taken off line until a permanent permit is obtained sometime this winter.

Also next week, the city will be working with Malcolm Field, a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency, to determine whether an 8- by 13-foot sinkhole that developed over the holidays was a result of Well No. 4.

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