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Caroline eases water restrictions

Caroline County officials reduced mandatory water restrictions today from Level 3, moderate restrictions, to Level 2, low restrictions.

Officials had asked that some county residents and businesses reduce water usage because of a pump failure in the Carmel Church area.

A local emergency was declared in the county on May 30 when the pump failed. Level 6 water restrictions had been imposed on customers of the Caroline County Public Utilities water system in the Carmel Church/Ladysmith business area, which includes the residential communities of Ladysmith Village, Pendleton and Belmont.

Level 5 or very high restrictions were put in place on June 3 and level 3 restrictions were implemented on June 8.

A boil-water notice previously in effect as a precautionary measure was lifted June 1. Test results confirmed that no health risk to customers ever existed, he said.

Under Level 2 restrictions, customers may now water lawns and gardens with sprinkler systems on odd-even days, wash vehicles with a hand-held hose with trigger nozzle for pre-rinsing and rinsing. Cleaning paved areas is prohibited, Schiebel said.

The Department of Public Utilities is continually monitoring conditions and will re-evaluate water restrictions based on ground water levels, rain events and the condition of the system, he said.

In addition, new and existing pools and spas that are 1,000 gallons or less may be filled with a handheld hose or bucket. Filling new and existing pools and spas above 1,000 gallons requires permission from the Public Utilities Department, Schiebel said.

–Portsia Smith

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