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County Executive Owens Announces Additional Water Restrictions

ARCHIVED NEWS RELEASE

Urges Residents and Business’s to Conserve

Annapolis, MD (July 31, 2006) - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens announced additional water restrictions will go into effect across North County.

The significant water main break along Marley Neck Blvd, combined with the excessive heat forecast through Friday, and the March 2006 loss of water supply from Baltimore County, has resulted in County Executive Owens declaring additional mandatory water restrictions on all public water users in the following zip code areas until further notice:

21122, 21060, 21226, 21225, 21090, 21240, 21061, 21144, 21076, 21077, 20701, 20794, 20724.

The mandatory outdoor water restrictions will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. The new mandatory restrictions include:

No outdoor water use - Examples Include:

  1. No watering of lawns or plants
  2. No washing of vehicles boats or other equipment at your home
  3. No washing of paved or out door surfaces and structures, such as sidewalks, driveways, decks, patios, etc.
  4. No filling or topping off private swimming pools, ornamental fountains, artificial waterfalls or reflecting pools

County Executive Owens has contacted a number of businesses in and around the affected area, and is calling on business owners to conserve indoor water use.

" Everyone from Northrop Grumman to BGE’s Brandon Shores Facility is willing to help out by conserving water during this heat wave," said County Executive Owens. "We need everyone’s help in conserving water, until this immediate threat passes."

Along with the mandatory water restrictions, County Executive Owens is also strongly urging all county residents to conserve indoor water use as well. Some suggestions are:

  • When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.
  • In the shower, turn water on to get wet; turn off to lather up; then turn back on to rinse off. Repeat when washing your hair.
  • Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded. Set the water level for the size of load you are using.
  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Don’t let the tap run while you are waiting for cool water to flow.
  • Don’t let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.


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