Water saving talks to air

Commissioners to deliver message on television taping

Well statistics available

Public works chief will demonstrate conservation devices

Carroll County

April 04, 2002|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Concerned with persistent drought conditions, impending water restrictions and a pressing need to preserve resources, the county commissioners will take their message on water conservation to the public today during weekly television taping.

Douglas E. Myers, county director of public works, will discuss with the board output from wells, conditions at Liberty Reservoir - which supplies about 7,000 homes and businesses in South Carroll - and conservation measures residents can take to ease the burden on the county's public water systems.

Myers will make public statistics from the county's Fairhaven well in Sykesville, which began pumping last year. It promised to deliver up to 300,000 gallons a day to augment the supply from Liberty Reservoir. Wells rarely deliver on their promise and can go dry, Myers said.

"I have the numbers for how much we are getting out of the well," Myers said. "I can say it is not going to get us out of trouble this summer."

Myers will demonstrate conservation devices, which the county has in limited supply and offers free to residents. "We have nozzles, aerators, low-flow control valves and rain gauges," Myers said. "We are going to talk about anything and everything that has to do with water conservation."

He hopes the discussion will spur conservation.

"We would like people to take the initiative and come up with ways to conserve," Myers said. "The idea is be innovative."

Officials also will post the conservation message on the county Web site and are preparing to mail thousands of fliers this month to homes and businesses that rely on the county systems for water.

"People are saying that they are not getting this information and we want to make it available to everybody," Myers said. "Conservation has to be on people's minds."

The commissioners must decide whether to impose restrictions on water use, given drought conditions persisting throughout Central Maryland. Myers has received calls from several residents who want to know if they can fill their swimming pools. Myers, who also owns a pool, said the average size pool takes several thousand gallons to fill.

"I would like no pool filling - that's going to kill us this month and next," Myers said. "But that is up to the commissioners."

The commissioners could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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