(1/16/2003) If you see Burgess Donald
Trimmer with a divining rod, don’t be alarmed. He’s probably
trying to solve one of the town’s problems.
Efforts to get a new town well on-line
have failed again, the burgess said at Tuesday’s board of
commissioners meeting. After drilling two dry holes,
Woodsboro’s latest attempt had the quantity needed but failed
a quality test.
Mr. Trimmer said the Maryland
Department of Environment refused to permit the well because
of bacteria contamination. ³That left us right where we
started," he said.
Where the town started was with five
good wells instead of the six they used to have. One well went
dry, but the town got a $150,000 state grant to help bring
another one into use.
Some of that money can pay for the
three unusable holes drilled so far. The next spot targeted by
a geologic study is on a hill near the new soccer field in
Woodsboro Community Park.
Still, the town isn’t about to run out
of water. During 2002's severe drought conditions, Mr. Trimmer
said the town didn’t have to impose major bans on water use.
It only placed restrictions on lawn watering and car washing.
But more water is necessary if
Woodsboro is to grow. The town’s planning and zoning
commission was to review plans for a 37-home subdivision
"You can never have enough wells," the
burgess said. "If we build 37 houses down here, if we do any
more annexations, we’re going to need more."
The town can use the revenue that
would flow from new tap fees because it’s about to install a
water filtration system, a project that will cost almost $3
million. The federal government is contributing about $1.5
million toward the change, Commissioner Gary Smith said, but
the town has to come up with the remaining $1.3 million to
Adding the filtration system should
improve water quality. Mr. Trimmer said the state seems to be
moving toward mandating filtration systems, so the town
decided to switch while working on its new well.
But a suitable spot must first be
found. Mr. Trimmer said the town is running out of fresh land
to drill on that’s not already tapping into aquifers, so
buying land might be necessary.
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