Ban on outdoor water usage lifted

June 07, 2006|By PHILLIP MCGOWAN | PHILLIP MCGOWAN,SUN REPORTER

Declaring that water levels have returned to normal, Anne Arundel County officials lifted yesterday an outdoor ban on public water usage in the western and northern sections of the county.

Although the ban is lifted, communities from Maryland City to Brooklyn Park remain under mandatory water restrictions until Oct. 1. Voluntary limits on public water usage for the Marley Neck Peninsula, excluding Gibson Island, also are in effect during the same period. County officials asked that residents in affected areas remain diligent in complying with the restrictions so there is an adequate water supply for customers and fire protection. The limits do not apply to private wells.

"While it is unfortunate that these restrictions are necessary, it is critical that our public water customers heed them so that adequate water is on hand for basic needs," County Executive Janet S. Owens said in a statement.

Under the more relaxed water restrictions, affected residents may use water with a spray can or a hose with a shut-off nozzle for landscaping during limited hours Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Washing vehicles, sidewalks and decks, or filling a private pool or fountain, are prohibited.

Police can issue warnings and fines that start at $125. Owens announced the temporary ban in West and North County on Thursday. Officials noted that residents had not followed the restrictions over the warm Memorial Day weekend. That, along with the break of a 12-inch water pipe at the state prison in Jessup last Wednesday, forced Owens to institute the ban.phill.mcgowan@baltsun.com

For information on the water restrictions, call 410-222-4420 or visit www.aacounty.org. To report violators, call the county police at 410-222-8610.

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