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Clear Spring residents advised to boil water

June 26, 2005

CLEAR SPRING - The town of Clear Spring and the Maryland Department of the Environment on Friday advised town residents who use the water system to boil water for at least a few days.

The written advisory says increasing volume because of leaks has led to more treatment through a new filtration system and more maintenance - requiring the town to bypass the system.

Instead, water from a reservoir is receiving chlorine treatment, which is what happened before the filtration system started on May 5, the advisory says.

"This source of water was determined to be under the direct influence of surface water by the Maryland Department of the Environment, and required that a filtration water system be installed," the advisory says. "Although we have no indication that the water is contaminated, without filtration treatment, there may be an increased level of risk with this use."

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Residents have been asked to bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute, then cooling it, before drinking it or using it for ice, cooking or to brush teeth.

Water that is used for bathing or washing clothes does not need to be boiled.

Officials expect the water advisory to be in place at least through the end of the weekend.

A mandatory conservation notice also is in effect in Clear Spring, prohibiting water system customers from nonessential uses such as washing vehicles, watering gardens and filling pools.

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