Hampstead bans outdoor water use, establishes fines

March 15, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

At a time when several of Hampstead's 14 public wells show signs of fatigue and with statewide water restrictions imminent, the town joined five Carroll municipalities in imposing water restrictions.

The restrictions, unanimously approved by the Town Council this week, prohibit outdoor water use, including watering lawns, filling swimming pools and washing cars. Residents may use hand-held containers to water plants and shrubs.

The council authorized a $100 fine per violation, but plans to introduce emergency legislation next month to provide further legal definition of the restrictions and enforcement.

In imposing the restrictions, Hampstead joins Taneytown, Westminster, Mount Airy, Manchester and New Windsor, which also have instituted restrictions on water use.

"The governor is going to impose water restrictions," said Town Manager Kenneth C. Decker. "Our elected officials felt it was important to take a leadership role."

Hampstead relies solely on wells to provide about 5,500 people with a half-million gallons of water a day.

Anyone with questions about the restrictions is asked to contact Hampstead Town Hall at 410-374- 2761.

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