Manchester bans watering after todayToday, Manchester...

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June 24, 1994

Manchester bans watering after today

Today, Manchester residents have their last opportunity to water their lawns before it becomes illegal.

Starting at midnight, a ban takes effect prohibiting watering gardens, filling pools and ponds, washing porches or any other outdoor water use, said Miriam DePalmer, Manchester's assistant zoning administrator.

Fines are $25 for first offense and $50 for any subsequent offense.

Mayor Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime and Terry Short, town manager, decided to institute the ban yesterday on the recommendation of the wastewater treatment plant's supervisor, Ms. DePalmer said.

The town's voluntary ban for the past few weeks has not been working, she said.

"There's been an increase in water use," Ms. DePalmer said. "[The mayor] just wanted to make sure we would an adequate supply of water for the months to come."

Town employees will deliver fliers announcing the ban door-to-door today, she said. The ban will remain in effect until the town has enough rainfall to bring the water up to an acceptable level.

Ms. DePalmer said she was unsure what that level would be.

Police recover some stolen items

Police seized five stolen videocassette recorders and a portable air conditioner late Wednesday night from two Taneytown apartments where they were stored after the robbery of a Westminster home earlier this week.

Westminster Police Lt. Randy Barnes said yesterday that the police have identified suspects but have made no arrest in the case.

The VCRs and air conditioner were taken during a burglary on the first block of Pennsylvania Ave. in Westminster, he said.

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