Clear Spring briefs

January 10, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

Water conservation order has been lifted

CLEAR SPRING - A mandatory water conservation order for Clear Spring water customers was lifted Monday night.

In effect since Oct. 19, when the town's new water storage tank dropped to unsafe levels, the conservation order was described as very successful by Mayor Paul Hose Jr., who praised the residents for their efforts to limit water use.

"We found and repaired several leaks, including two at hydrants, one at a valve and a major leak on a Brennan Drive service line," Hose said.

After the ruling, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm removed the mandatory water conservation sign on the front door of town hall.

Meter readings show repairs necessary

CLEAR SPRING - The first water meter readings are in and town officials spent some time going over them at Monday night's monthly meeting.


Town Clerk Juanita Grimm has identified approximately 10 water customers whose readings indicate they might have leaks or faulty plumbing fixtures that need repaired before metered billing begins.

"We notified the ones by letter where usage had recently shot up," Grimm said.

That letter gives the user time to make the repairs before the first metered quarterly water bills arrive in March.

In those quarterly bills, in-town water customers will continue to pay $46.25 for the first 12,000 gallons used. They also will be paying $2.60 for every thousand gallons over that amount.

Out-of-town customers will pay $69.49 for the first 12,000 gallons used. For each additional 1,000 gallons used, the bill will rise $3.90.

"Customers will be paying for what they use, which is fair," Councilwoman Carol Hovermale said.

Mayor Paul Hose Jr. stressed that the town isn't trying to get rich off the adjustment.

"We are just trying to be fair and pay our bills," he said.

Noting that the town has done its homework on this change in billing, Hose and Councilman Steve Blickenstaff said most other Washington County towns begin charging extra after 6,000 gallons.

Street leak slated for repair this week

CLEAR SPRING - A large leak on Cumberland Street (U.S. 40) is scheduled for repairs Thursday.

Water customers are being warned to watch out for changes in water quality conditions during the day, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

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