Manchester to put water tank in service today Residents cautioned that increased pressure may cause leaks in pipes


Manchester's new water tank should be full and ready for use this morning -- and town residents have been warned to watch out for leaks when the pressure hits the pipes.

"It's filling now, and we plan to put it in service [this] morning," David M. Warner, town manager, said about the half-million-gallon tank on York Street that will more than double Manchester's water supply.

"The important thing is it's much higher and therefore will increase water pressure in many parts of Manchester," he said.

Residents have been told they may need to install pressure-reducing valves.

"We want people to check their water system when they come home from work, first thing they do," he said. "Some with really old pipes might want to shut it off before they leave."

The increased pressure from the pin-striped spherical tower -- emblazoned with the town name -- also will dramatically improve fire protection, he said.

Water from the new tank will be in addition to a 100,000-gallon tank at the same elevation on Park Avenue, Warner said. A nearby 125,000-gallon ground-level tank on York Street will be closed.

Manchester has had water shortages for years, unlike Westminster, New Windsor and other Carroll County municipalities that have plentiful ground water supplies. The town has forbidden watering lawns and filling pools for more than three years.

The town will drill four exploratory wells this spring, hoping to hit a "gusher," Warner said.

Manchester received assistance in its quest for water from the Maryland Department of the Environment, with a $950,000 upgrade grant that pays two-thirds of the cost of the project, which includes the new tank and protection of spring sources.

In 1994, the state ordered the town to reduce its dependence upon the springs, which were providing more than one-third of its water but are vulnerable to contamination. Springs now constitute about 10 percent of the supply.

Pub Date: 5/11/98

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