Anne Arundel County residents are using water at record rates, but the county Department of Utilities doesn't plan to restrict usage any time soon.
Department spokeswoman Jody Vollmar said water usage has risen steadily since a drought began last month.
In May, 1.16 inches of rain fell at BWI Airport, said Ken Shaver,a forecaster for the National Weather Service. Normal rainfall for the month is 3.44 inches, he said.
So far this month, the weather service has recorded .31 inches of rain, Shaver said. Normal rainfall for the entire month of June is 3.79 inches.
As of June 10, countywater consumption had reached 40 million gallons a day and was stillclimbing. The average daily consumption for June is usually about 32.7 million gallons per day, Vollmar said.
The pumps that draw water from aquifers have been operating around the clock, Vollmar said. Usually, the pumps shut off during the night, once storage tanks are full.
Vollmar said the county will have to restrict water usage only if the tanks get so low that there isn't enough water pressure to fight fires. She doesn't expect that to happen any time soon.
"We watch it very closely," Vollmar said. "They evaluate it several times a day. We're pretty confident we can keep it up, but we can't controlthe weather."