Maryland...what happens when the hydrants go dry?
I heard radio reports that say they are organizing "tanker task forces" to deliver water to this drought stricken area. Suppose you have a fire...and the rivers and lakes are dried up. Hydrants can not be used...to save the little drinking water they have on hand. It's getting REAL close to that scenario here folks.
As Maryland's worst drought in decades continues and with heat
advisories predicted again during the weekend, increasingly
desperate efforts are considered to deal with the natural disaster.
Gov. Parris Glendening reportedly is ready to impose Level 2
water use restrictions on Central Maryland. The city of Frederick
is contemplating trucking in water and installing a temporary dam
to divert water from the Monocacy River to the city's water
And in Anne Arundel County, where the number of applications for
well-replacement permits increased 45 percent this July over last
July, fire stations offered free drinking water to residents.
Never mind that at two fire stations, nobody took the county up
on the free water offer. According to the Weather Service, central
and southern Maryland in a severe drought that shows no sign of
easing before winter.
Level 1 water restrictions have been in effect in much of
Maryland since April. This month, the restrictions were also
applied to Baltimore City's reservoirs and its customers in
Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. Those restrictions prohibit
watering grass, washing cars except at commercial car washes, and
ask for a voluntary 10 percent reduction in water use by businesses
Level 2 restrictions, which have been in effect in Frederick
since June, likely will include a mandatory 10 percent reductions
in water use.
Meanwhile, Frederick is making plans to install a vinyl,
tube-like dam in the Monocacy.
Spanning half the width of the low-flowing river, the dam will
be filled with water to keep it in place. Water flow is strongest
on opposite side of the river, so the dam will be set up to funnel
water back toward the water plant's intake.
Marc Stachowski, Frederick's water chief, said the city received
a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment and the
Army Corps of Engineers for the project.
The dam and its installation will cost the city $2,200.
In Arundel, 20 of the county's 29 fire stations will continue to
offer free drinking water to residents, even though no one stopped
by the Riva and West Annapolis stations on Thursday looking for
Residents near fire stations that are linked to the county water
supply can fill containers with drinking water there.
On the Net:
National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
Maryland Department of the Environment:
Keep our brothers in your thoughts and prayers....;)