Low Flow in Big Elk Creek Forces Elkton to Purchase Additional Water From Artesian & Call for Voluntary Conservation

Since low flow conditions exist in the Big Elk Creek, one of the sources of municipal water in Elkton, the town has supplemented its supply by purchasing additional water from Artesian, a Delaware provider.    Since the cost of purchasing this water is higher, it will have an affect on the town’s cost so the municipiality has issued a call for voluntary conservation.  The announcement follows below.

A Public Announcement from the Town of Elkton ——

This public notice is directed to all water customers of the Town of Elkton and is intended to request VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION. Water conservation will reduce a customer’s cost for water and sewer services, and reduce the demand for water from Elkton’s water system.

Current low flow conditions in the Big Elk Creek and limitations on the Town’s permitted withdrawal from the creek have resulted in the Town’s increased purchase of water from a water utility company to supplement our water resources. Although we expect that this supplemental supply will meet the demand for water, the cost of purchasing this water will affect a customer’s cost. VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION will mitigate the impact of this increasing cost.

VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATIONincludes: 1) NOT watering grass, shrubbery, trees, and other outdoor vegetation; 2) NOT washing paved surfaces such as streets, sidewalks, driveways, garages, parking areas, tennis courts, patios, and other areas; 3) NOT using water for the operation of ornamental fountains, artificial waterfalls, misting machines, and reflecting ponds; 4) NOT using water for non-commercial washing and cleaning of mobile equipment, automobiles, trucks, trailers, and boats; 5) NOT filling swimming pools and hot tubs; 6) NOT wasting water within the home, business, or industry; and 7) YES – finding other creative and innovative ways to conserve the use of drinking water.

VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION is an important element in controlling a customer’s expense for water and sewer service, and for holding down the demand for water during drought-like conditions. Consequently, a VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION effort by our customers can save money and limit the Town’s need to purchase supplemental water to meet customer demand.

Please contact the Administration Office by telephone at (410) 398-0970 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (410) 398-0970 end_of_the_skype_highlighting [ Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.] or by email at administration@elkton.org with any questions or suggestions. Thank you!

Lewis George, Town Administrator


United States Geological Survey Streamflow Statistics for Big Elk Creek at Elk Mills.   Click here to visit site for detailed information.


2 responses to “Low Flow in Big Elk Creek Forces Elkton to Purchase Additional Water From Artesian & Call for Voluntary Conservation

  1. —and the town is not interested in buying a commercial quality well located on Rt. 40. I guess soon enough we will find out that they, too, want to sell our water resources to Artesian. This is just a prelude.

  2. the town of elkton has asked for voluntary water conservation and give free water to a local commercial buisness that uses it to have banquets and wash their personal vehicles. in the summer this company also fills swimming pools free of charge but asks for a donation. and they just raised our water and sewer prices 10% and 30%

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