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County out of sewer capacity on city's system

September 22, 2004

Washington County has run out of sewer capacity on the City of Hagerstown's system, according to an analysis in a report released last week.

The numbers are calculated under a disputed method of determining how many new homes and businesses outside city limits can connect to the city's sewer system.

The county was about to run out of capacity in May, but the city reluctantly provided the county with another 25,000 gallons of capacity - the amount of expected sewage flows from a source.

The city is scheduled to vote next week on whether to allocate another 25,000 of capacity to the county, and city and county officials are continuing to work on a comprehensive agreement that would replace the contested calculation.

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If the city denies the sewer capacity request, the city could effectively halt some county development until a new agreement is reached by not allowing new sewer connections outside city limits.

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