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CARROLL COUNTY BRIEFS

March 11, 1994

Users of Freedom water may need to conserve

Carroll residents who get water from the county-run Freedom plant are using more than they should in the summer and may be asked to conserve this year, the county public works director said yesterday.

"Just because the water is there doesn't give them an inalienable right to use it," Keith R. Kirschnick said.

During the winter, residents use 1.3 million gallons of water a day, he said. In the summer, usage jumps to 2.3 million gallons a day, he said.

Most of the water in the summer is used to water lawns and wash cars, Mr. Kirschnick said.

Utility officials expect water use to increase in peak-usage times, such as a hot, dry summer, he said. Peak use is usually 1 1/2 times the average use; in Freedom, peak use is 1.85 times the average use, he said.

About 14,300 households are hooked up to the Freedom water system.

The county probably will encourage residents to conserve water voluntarily this summer, he said. Conservation will hold down costs of supplying water in the future, he said.

Chamber official praises local group

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce members do an excellent job of communicating their needs and concerns to their elected officials, Chris Costello, vice president of marketing for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, told the group yesterday.

Mr. Costello, who was the speaker for the group's monthly luncheon, was updating chamber members about the status of legislation in the General Assembly that would affect businesses.

"Your legislators in Carroll County are not the ones we have a difficult time of convincing," he said. "I wish every area had an organization as effective as this area."

Members who wanted more detail on the business-related legislation Mr. Costello briefly mentioned, from unemployment insurance to beefing up aspects of civil rights legislation, could contact the chamber office, he said. Information: 848-9050.

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