The state Water Resources Administration has not yet decided whether to allow Black & Decker Corp. to pump an average of 432,000 gallons of water a day from wells at its Hampstead plant.
A decision is not expected for a week or two, said Terrance W. Clark, the administration's water rights division chief.
On Oct. 5, Mr. Clark said the administration had decided that the amount of water Black & Decker is requesting is "reasonable."
Ground water at the Black & Decker site is contaminated with industrial solvents. The company wants to extract the water and clean it.
The cleaned water would be used or released into a nearby stream.
Mr. Clark said last week that he wants a monitoring plan for the cleanup in place before he would issue the water appropriation permit, but the plan is not yet ready.
Also, state officials still are awaiting details on a plan to put monitoring wells on privately owned land near the plant.
Hampstead Mayor Clint Becker said that the town's opposition to the project has not changed.
"We're not opposed to the cleanup," he said. "We are opposed to the amount of water" Black & Decker has requested.
Many town and county officials and local residents fear that pumping such a large amount of water could deplete the water supply, harm nearby wells and permanently damage the aquifer.
Mayor Becker said that although the town is considering the possibility of using water cleaned as part of Black & Decker's project, no plans or agreements have been made regarding use of the water by the town.
If Hampstead does decide to use the water, the mayor said, "Our first concern is going to be the safety and health" of Hampstead residents.