Wednesday, April 29, 2009

HoCo Asks Folks To Cut Water Use

The big water main break that has stopped all the Amtrak and commuter trains is causing problems for water service here:

From HoCo gov:

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is asking county residents to restrict unnecessary use of their water until further notice. At approximately 3:00 a.m. this morning, the major water transmission line from Baltimore City feeding Howard County, failed in Baltimore County. The Department of Public Works is working diligently to provide the County with the remaining supplies, but at this point the County will be 25% short in supply.

To ensure continued water supply throughout Howard County -- particularly for fire protection and hospital/medical use -- the County is urging all of its residents served by County water to reduce their water use immediately. Due to system redundancy, Howard County is still able to supply 75% of daily demand. With cooler temperatures and precipitation, officials are hoping voluntary water conservation will reduce occurrences of low water pressure. The county’s water remains safe to drink.

Howard County will notify residents once adequate supply is regained and voluntary conservation measures are no longer necessary.

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