Carroll County has entered the hardware business and is looking for buyers. Profit would be tallied in water conservation, not dollars.
Although prices are rock bottom for water conserving devices, sales are sluggish, said Catherine M. Rappe, chief of the water resource management bureau, which is selling the items at cost.
"We aren't getting a lot of orders," Ms. Rappe said yesterday.
Summer water use increases in the county by as much as 80 percent, particularly in the Freedom area, she said. "It's primarily outside use and primarily a matter of educating people," she said. "We are working with all the towns to distribute information and materials."
The hardware items include a device to lessen the flow of water from shower heads and one to prevent leakage from toilet tanks.