We want your opinions

June 04, 2006

ISSUE:

Anne Arundel County officials announced Thursday that they had temporarily banned all outdoor water usage along the far western and northern tiers of the county, a further tightening of restrictions that went into effect May 3.

The ban on outdoor water use from Maryland City to Brooklyn Park could last a week, said officials, who expressed hope that renewed conservation efforts would restore water pressure to normal levels and allow for a switch back to the less-restrictive rules. Water restrictions will be in place until October.

County Executive Janet S. Owens cautioned that many residents were not heeding the restrictions and implored them to take measures seriously.

Police Chief P. Thomas Shanahan said his officers would issue warnings for those who violate the outdoor ban, then hand out fines starting at $125 a violation. Shanahan and Public Works Director Ronald E. Bowen threatened that residents who don't respond to warnings and fines will have their water service shut off.

YOUR VIEW:

Should the county get tougher with residents who violate the water restrictions? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. A selection will be published Sunday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

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