Worsened water shortages possible with delay of Carroll County well

May 15, 2000|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Plans to build a well to ease water shortages in South Carroll, the county's most populous area, have been delayed until at least the end of summer because state environmental officials have not issued construction permits.

The well was supposed to be operating by Memorial Day. Although the design has been completed and the project will go to bid soon, the county has yet to receive construction permits from the Maryland Department of the Environment.

"I have to tell the commissioners that we will not be bringing this well on line by Memorial Day," said J. Michael Evans, county director of public works. "The problem is the permit is still stuck at MDE."

MDE officials declined to comment. The state advertised its intention to issue a permit in March but has not taken action.

"We were really counting on this, and we don't know what the state's problem is," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell. " Once we get the permit, we will expedite this project as fast as we can, but right now, it doesn't sound good."

County officials have predicted the well would be pumping by Memorial Day weekend, which traditionally brings spikes in water use.

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