Howard County announced Friday that residents can resume normal water use, as the water main repair that prompted the county to urge water conservation is now complete.
The 54-inch water main that was being repaired in Baltimore City is one of two lines delivering the majority of public water to Howard County.
For the past 3 1/2 weeks, the county has asked residents to limit water use during daylight hours while the repairs work was being conducted. The county urged residents to refrain from such tasks as watering plants, washing cars, filling swimming pools and running washing machines or dishwashers.
"I would like to take this time to thank our residents and local businesses for their ongoing cooperation during these last few weeks as the city and county worked tirelessly to repair this major water main," County Executive Ken Ulman said in a statement. "Your efforts, particularly during our very hot, dry weather days, successfully allowed the county to meet all fire protection needs, as well as all domestic and industrial water demands."