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Bath Council puts moratorium on water hookups

February 24, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A moratorium on new water hookups in the town became effective immediately at the Town of Bath Council meeting on Monday night.

Councilman Dave Hall, who chairs the Berkeley Springs Water Works, said Kevin Hancock, superintendent of the department, requested that no new taps be allowed into the system. The town water system has been plagued with continual water leaks, requiring crews to patch the leaks, Hall has said.

The town is hoping to have its 100-year-old water pipe system replaced to address the problem.

New hookups put an increased demand on the system, Hall said.

The council members unanimously approved the moratorium request.

Hall said between six and 10 new water hookups for new homes or buildings are requested each month.

"Anybody who has not requested a water hookup will have to consider a well," he said. "We are trying to avoid having to shut down different parts of the system a portion of a day."

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Hall said the water department is running at "98 percent capacity." A moratorium can be put into effect for "anything over 80 percent," he said.

The moratorium will last through the summer and into the fall, Mayor Susan Webster said after the meeting. The water pipe replacement should begin this spring, she said.

"We are trying to maintain the good service that we have," Webster said.

Councilwoman Nancy Harvey said water usage restrictions on watering lawns and washing cars might have to be considered this summer.

Bath is the government within Berkeley Springs. The Bath water system serves customers in the town and outside its limits.

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