Water conservation urged in Carroll

ban on filling swimming pools suggested

April 05, 2002|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Concerned about drought conditions and looming water shortages, the Carroll commissioners urged water conservation yesterday, but stopped short of any kind of a ban on use, including filling swimming pools.

"Conservation is important this summer," said Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge during a meeting on water issues. "Start now."

Douglas E. Myers, county director of public works, had suggested an immediate ban on filling swimming pools, a process that consumes thousands of gallons of water every spring. Last year, haulers carried 1.8 million gallons of water from the county's public system, most of it for pools, he said.

Although South Carroll faces no immediate water shortage, officials are concerned with seasonal spikes in demand. Increases place stress on the plant that treats the water and pumps it to nearly 7,000 homes and businesses. The plant averages about 2.2 million gallons a day, but during prolonged hot spells, demand has topped 3 million gallons, the facility's capacity.

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