Water Conservation Public Alert System

The Middletown Water Conservation
Public Alert System
 
   
Currently CODE Blue

In order to keep Middletown residents informed of our drinking water supply status the Burgess and Commissioners developed the following Public Alert System:

Public Notification of Code Status:

  • Water faucet signs at the entrances to Town have a color coded water drop.  A blue water drop represents Code Blue, a yellow water drop represents Code Yellow, and a red water drop represents Code Red.
  • The code status will be posted on the Town's web page and distributed electronically via the web page list serve.
  • A code status change will be announced in the Citizen Newspaper.

 

CODE BLUE: Ground water conditions are in the normal range. Watering of lawns is prohibited between 9am. - 6pm.

Critical Factors: Spring flows range between 60,000 -130,000 gpd.  Water table levels in wells are at normal historical levels. U.S. Drought Monitor. U.S. Drought Monitor for Frederick County Maryland indicate a drought condition of NONE or ABNORMALLY DRY.


 

CODE YELLOW: Voluntary water conservation is requested. Watering of lawns is prohibited between 9am. - 6pm.  Ground water conditions are decreasing at a rapid rate.  Residents are requested to follow water conservation practices as outlined in 20 Tips to Prevent Water Waste. 

Critical Factors:  Spring flows range between 30,000--59,000 gpd.  Water table levels in wells are below historic levels and dropping.  Water levels in the wells are monitored weekly. U.S. Drought Monitor for Frederick County Maryland indicate a drought condition of MODERATE OR SEVERE.


 

CODE RED, Level I: Mandatory water restrictions are instituted by the Burgess & Commissioners per Section 13.04.010. Severe drought conditions are present. Violation of these restrictions will result in a first time written warning. Any subsequent violation results in a $100 fine and immediate disconnection of water service. HOWEVER, Filling or topping off of pools or outdoor hot tubs during a water restriction period will constitute a municipal infraction punishable by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00) and immediate disconnection of water service, no warning will be given.

 

Mandatory Water Restrictions for use of Potable water from Town’s water system:

  • Watering of grass is prohibited. This includes athletic and/or playing fields.

  • Food gardens may only be watered with watering cans/buckets or handheld hoses that have an automatic shut off.

  • Washing paved surfaces such as streets, roads, sidewalks, driveways, garages, parking areas, tennis courts, and patios is prohibited.

  • Use of water for the operation of ornamental fountains, artificial waterfalls, misting machines, and reflecting pools is prohibited, except for systems that continuously recycle water.

  • No vehicle washing, including automobiles, trucks, trailers and boats. Except cleaning of emergency vehicles if necessary to preserve the proper functioning and safe operation of the vehicle.

  • Private (homeowners) pools and exterior hot tubs may not be filled or topped off.

  • Golf courses must have a water conservation plan in effect that shows a 10% reduction in usage, even if they do not use town water.

  • Connecting to town fire hydrants is prohibited, except for emergency purposes.

  • All other residential, business and industrial water users are requested to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 10%.

  • Any additional restrictions the Burgess and Commissioners deem necessary per Section 13.04.010.

  • **Use of rain barrels and gray water (i.e. used bath water) is permitted and encouraged.

Critical Factors: The governor declares a drought emergency, and/or spring flows are below 29,000 gpd and/or the water table levels in wells are far below historic levels and are dropping. U.S. Drought Monitor for Frederick County Maryland indicate a drought condition of EXTREME or EXCEPTIONAL. Water levels in wells are monitored bi-weekly.

 


 

CODE RED, Level II: Code Red, Level I mandatory water restrictions plus building restrictions/commercial water use restrictions.  Violation of these restrictions will result in a first time written warning. Any subsequent violation results in a $100 fine and immediate disconnection of water service. HOWEVER, Filling or topping off of pools or outdoor hot tubs during a water restriction period will constitute a municipal infraction punishable by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00) and immediate disconnection of water service, no warning will be given.

Critical Factors: The raw water reservoirs can not be kept full on a daily basis.

  • All outside water use of any kind is prohibited;
  • All businesses and residents are required to reduce potable water consumption by 10%
  • No issuance of building permits;
  • **Use of Rain barrels and gray water (i.e. used bath water) is permitted and encouraged.