Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NORTH --

February 02, 1993

Hydrant mishap depletes water supply

More than half the water in Manchester's town water tank was lost within minutes after a car knocked over a fire hydrant last week, said Steven L. Miller, the town's superintendent of water and waste water.

Mr. Miller said the Main Street hydrant, which was hit Jan. 26, lost 80,000 to 100,000 gallons of water in 45 minutes.

The town's water tank holds 150,000 gallons.

Mr. Miller said the town's water supply is not threatened unless the the tank and water system are emptied.

However, he said, a larger water tank would give the town more lead time to isolate future leaks.

A draft capital improvement schedule for Manchester suggests the addition of a new 500,000-gallon water tank for fiscal year 1995.

Town Manager Terry Short said yesterday the town could use a larger tank now, but cannot afford one.

"We can survive with what we have," he said. "But when we get some of this new development that's on line, these things have to come."

FIRE

* Lineboro: Lineboro assisted York County, Pa., on a brush fire on Ridge Road at 1:16 p.m. yesterday. Units were out for about three hours.

* Hampstead: Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia of Baltimore County responded to a chimney fire on Dogwood Drive at 2:23 p.m. yesterday. Units were out for 25 minutes.

Hampstead responded to a Dumpster fire on Northwoods Trail at 12:36 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 25 minutes.

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