Outdoor water ban remains for Westminster and environs

October 11, 1999

The ban on outdoor water use remains in effect for residents of Westminster and its environs, who rely on the city system.

"The city does not plan to lift the ban in the near future," said Paula Martin, city water plant supervisor. "There is no outdoor water use in the city service area."

The Westminster system takes 80 percent of its water from streams and 20 percent from wells. Both sources are starting to recover from the summer drought, the worst spate of dry weather in 70 years.

"We have just had multiple months of impact to our system," said Martin. "The drought was so severe that we are just starting to recover. We want to be well on the way before we lift the ban."

The city reservoir on Lucabaugh Mill Road serves as a backup supply. At the height of the drought, the water level plunged to 34 percent of capacity. It has now climbed to 42 percent.

"We want the reservoir at 80 percent," said Martin. "That could be several months yet."

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster and Pleasant Valley responded at 1: 59 a.m. Friday to a spill in the 600 block of Bachmans Valley Road. Units were out 75 minutes.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Baronets Court told police Wednesday that someone took property from his vehicle while it was parked on the street. Loss is estimated at $125.

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