Taneytown mayor lifts restrictions on water use

July 20, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Residents of Taneytown may resume outdoor water use after the lifting of a mandatory emergency restriction yesterday.

Mayor W. Robert Flickinger issued an emergency executive order June 15 imposing restrictions on outdoor uses such as filling pools, washing cars and watering lawns. He took the action after the city's public works director warned that its equipment could fail from overuse while being strained to make up for the temporary loss of the town's best well.

Well No. 13 had been closed since fall for installation of carbon filters to remove a cleaning solvent that registered above the federal standard for drinking water. It is back in service, although operating below full capacity, city officials said.

"We're back to normal," said the city's clerk-treasurer, Linda M. Hess. The mayor's order lifting the restrictions nonetheless asks residents to conserve.

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