Town Manager's Blog

A perspective on goings on in and around Poolesville by Town Manager Wade Yost.

Apr 04

Drinking Water Sustainability

Posted on April 4, 2017 at 2:50 PM by Wade Yost

How does the Town know about water sustainability? How does the Town protect our water? Will the Town grow into a Germantown and dry up the aquifer?

Short answers...We listen to the experts, we plan with the experts and a big NO!

First, I want to be clear that this report is not in defense of any proposed development. As a Town Staffer and Maryland State Licensed Water Supply Operator for over 23 years, I take it to heart when questions arise whether the Town is knowledgeable or have a plan in place for our water supply. Yes, the proposed Willshire brought up several excellent questions and was certainly the impetuous for preparing the attached Water Sustainability Report.
The Town has multiple layers of plans and implementation items to protect our most precious natural resource. Throughout the years, the Town has had the pleasure to work closely with State and consulting hydrologists to form the key issues and strategies in the report. This is an ongoing process of assessing vulnerabilities and implementing solutions. It is hopeful that this report will provide guidance and clarity to Town Planners and residents into the future well after my tenure.

The attached report has been reviewed and includes comments by the Maryland Department of the Environment Water Supply Program. It includes data and facts from multiple sources that provide a view into a plan that has been developing for the last 20 years.

While this read may cause drowsiness, it is an essential tool for the future planning of our Town.

Water Sustainability Report
Nov 06

Town and County Road Maintenance

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 2:22 PM by Charles Stump

I am posting this information due to the frequent inquiries about road conditions that we receive in Town Hall.

The Commissioners of Poolesville take pride and are committed to maintaining our roads. This ongoing maintenance consists of paving, patching, street cleaning and snow removal. Even when faced with drastic reductions in Highway User Funds (State tax funds supposed to be used for road maintenance), the Commissioners continued to fund nearly $300,000 per year to provide quality services that improve and enhance the safety of our community.

Currently, the Town schedules road projects every other year. In conjunction with that, the Town Engineer is tasked with inspecting and prioritizing these projects resulting in about a 20 year paving cycle.

While the Town roads consist of about 20 miles of asphalt, the County has jurisdiction and maintains  the following roads within the corporate limits:

  • Hughes Road (Westerly to Town Limits)
  • Westerly Avenue (Fisher to Hughes)
  • Budd Road
  • West Willard
  • Jerusalem Road
  • Cattail Lane

For anyone who has traveled these roads, the disparity in the level of maintenance between Town and County roads is clearly noticeable. The Commissioners continue to lobby the county for improvements, but have been told that road conditions and prioritized funding is aimed in other areas down County for the foreseeable future.

Wade Yost,
Town Manager

Nov 06

How does our water system work?

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM by Charles Stump

We frequently receive questions about how the town water system works.

Poolesville relies entirely upon groundwater to supply residents and businesses. Water is withdrawn from twelve wells located throughout Town. State permits allow an annual average daily withdrawal of 650,000 gallons per day (GPD) and a maximum monthly average of 910,000 GPD. These wells are drilled from 285 to 800 feet deep into the New Oxford Formation Aquifer. Groundwater is derived from rainwater, creek and riverbed percolation. As the water travels downward through the soils, many of the impurities are removed. This results in water that is usually clean enough to drink without any treatment. Our groundwater quality is very good and requires chlorine treatment, as mandated by the Safe Water Drinking Act. In comparison, surface water as found in most municipalities around us, must contend with pollution, algae blooms and wastewater discharges from upstream users.

The operation of our system is based on the water level in the water tanks, which provide the water pressure for your home. When the water level in the tanks drops to a preset elevation, all twelve wells are automatically turned on. The wells pump water into our distribution pipes and to the water tanks. Once the water tanks are full, the wells shut down. This process takes about 8 to 12 hours depending on the actual use during the filling process. Many residents have wells located near their homes, but for the most part, everyone receives a blended mix of water from each of the wells.

Wade Yost,
Town Manager