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The LG Sonic was pulled from Rainbow Lake today, December 21, 2023 for the winter.

Water and Sewer Information

Water bills are mailed quarterly on the last business day of March, June, September and December. 
Water bills are due on the 5th of February, May, August and November.

Due to the lack of rain the Maryland Department of Environment released an official declaration of a drought watch for central and western Maryland which includes Emmitsburg.  MDE is encouraging all Marylanders throughout the state to take voluntary steps to reduce their water use.  Mayor Briggs, after consulting with staff and Commissioners, has ordered Phase 1 water restrictions as permitted by the Emmitsburg Town Code. Phase 1 water restrictions entail voluntary conservation restraints by all users of water from the municipal water system of the Town.

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Indoor pipes can freeze, depending on such variables as outside temperature, inside temperature, insulation and placement in the building. To learn more about preventing frozen and bursting water pipes, please click on the link below.

Prevent Frozen and Bursting Water Pipes

Seasonal Alert Winter Perils

Annual Water Quality Reports
Bay Restoration Fund (BRF)
Water Connection Rate
Sewer Connection Rate 
Unusually Excessive Water Use
Water and Sewer Rate Schedule
Billing polices and procedures
Understanding your Water, Sewer, Trash Bill
Water Assistance Program
Curtailment of water use
Tips to Prevent Water 
Meter-Backflow Installation
Water Conservation Plan

If you are having a financial hardship, please click on this link for additional resources click
Discolored Water FAQ
What Is The Value To The Community To Have Hydrants Flowed?
The Fire Department is able to determine proper operations of valves, visible and audible leaks, water pressure, flow of gallons per minute and ability to flush out sediment in the main. This practice not only extends the life of our water mains but improves water quality.

Why Is The Water Pressure Low?
Your water pressure may be reduced while hydrants in the area are flowed but will never stop. The pressure will return quickly.

Why Does My Water Look Discolored After Hydrant Flushing?
During the flushing process, it is not uncommon for a yellow, brown or reddish tint to appear in the water. Harmless mineral deposits settle in the water mains and flushing the fire hydrants stirs the deposits sometimes causing discoloration of the water.

Is The Discolored Water A Similar Situation To What Happened In Flint?
Absolutely not.

Is The Discolored Water Safe To Drink?
Yes. Even though the water may be discolored it is safe to drink. Compounds such as iron, manganese and other sediments make it discolored, but they do not have health effects. Although the water may not be visually appealing, it is safe to drink and continues to meet all federal and state drinking water standards. There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water.

How Do I Get My Water Clear?
Most people prefer to drink clear water, to do this wait approximately one hour after the hydrant flushing has been discontinued in your area. Turn only cold water faucets on, preferably bathtubs or showers due to the larger volume, and let run until the water becomes clear.

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Emmitsburg has a new State of the Art, Solar Powered Wastewater Treatment Plant

In July 2015, the Town of Emmitsburg unveiled a new $19.5 million state of the art wastewater treatment  plant designed for a treatment capacity of 750,000 gallons.  The plant exceeds all the Maryland Department of the Environment and United States Department of Agriculture requirements.  The power for this plant is provided solely by Phase II of the solar array situated on the same property.1

Read about it on
 Frederick News Post