How dry we are: No rain: Despite lack of rainfall, only Carroll County has had to impose water restrictions.

June 12, 1999

CENTRAL MARYLAND is parched. Despite some rain Thursday, forecasters predict continued dry conditions.

Since April, rainfall in Maryland has been below normal in all of the state's 23 counties and Baltimore. At this time of the growing season, corn plants are usually about 3 feet high. This year, they are only about 6 inches high.

For those of us who get our water out of the tap, the situation is not critical, except in Carroll County. Despite lower levels in the reservoirs, the Baltimore metropolitan water system has a more than adequate supply. The system is able to supply 1.6 million people 265 million gallons of water a day. The managers don't foresee imposing any emergency measures yet. That, however, is not the case in the Carroll County communities of Mt. Airy, Sykesville and Eldersburg. Freedom District residents there haven't been able to wash their cars or water their lawns since June 2. Officials imposed the restrictions because the local water filtration plant couldn't satisfy the demand of the growing population.

Two years ago, there was a summer-long ban. Because the plant's capacity can't be expanded this summer, these Carroll residents may have to get used to dirty cars and brown lawns.

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