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Company requests water conservation

June 06, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Effective immediately, Berkeley Springs Water Works customers are being asked to voluntarily conserve water, Bath Mayor Susan Webster said Monday.

The water department is owned and operated by the Town of Bath.

"This water conservation applies to all water department customers," Webster said. The town's leaking water pipes and a busy tourist season puts more pressure on the water department, she said.

"We are fixing leaks constantly, and if people volunteer to conserve water, it will help relieve some of the stress on the water pipes," Webster said.

In a written release, Webster said: "It is imperative that customers reduce nonessential water use in order to extend existing water supplies and to assure that sufficient water is available to preserve the public health and sanitation and provide fire protection service."

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The West Virginia Public Service Commission recommends the following ways to conserve water, according to Webster's release. Refrain from:

1. Watering of outside shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants or other vegetation, except from a watering can or other container not exceeding three-gallon capacity. This limitation shall not apply to vegetable gardens, greenhouse or nursery stocks and newly established lawns or sod less than five weeks old, which may be watered in the minimum amount required to preserve plant life before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

2. Watering golf course fairways.

3. Washing automobiles, trucks, trailers or any other types of mobile equipment except in vehicle wash facilities operating with a water recycling system with a prominently displayed sign in public viewing so stating, or from a bucket or other container not exceeding three gallons.

4. Washing streets, driveways, parking lots, service station aprons, office buildings, exteriors of homes or apartments or other outdoor surfaces.

5. Serving water in restaurants, clubs or eating places unless specifically requested by the individual.

6. Ornamental water use, including but not limited to fountains, artificial waterfalls and reflecting pools.

7. Use of water for flushing sewers or hydrants by municipalities or any public or private individual or entity except as deemed necessary in the interest of public health or safety by the utility.

8. Use of fire hydrants by fire companies for testing fire apparatus and for fire department drills except as deemed necessary in the interest of public safety and specifically approved by the municipal governing body.

9. Use of fire hydrants by municipal road departments, contractors and all others, except as necessary for firefighting or protection purposes.

10. Filling swimming or watering pools requiring more than five gallons of water, or the refilling of swimming or wading pools which were drained after the effective day of the order, except that pools may be filled to a level of two feet below normal, or as necessary to protect the structure from hydrostatic damage, as to pools constructed or contracted for on or after the date of the final order.

The town is working toward a $1.8 million replacement project of the more than 100-year-old water pipes, which is to start in late summer or early fall, Webster had said.

The Town of Bath is the local government inside Berkeley Springs.

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