MANSFIELD - It started this past summer when officials at Mansfield Borough announced the borough was "out of water" and that there would be no more tap-ins effective immediately.
That came as particularly bad news for several businesses wanting to build and open in both the borough and Richmond Township, because parts of the township are connected to the borough's municipal water system.
According to chief water operator Barry Cleveland, the system has been "extended as far as it can go."
"We don't want to keep issuing tap-ins and then go into a drought and have no water for existing customers," he said.
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission also has prohibited the authority from removing any more than 300,000 gallons of water per day from its two operating wells at Lambs Creek, one of which was recently completed, because it is concerned about too much use drying up the creek and impacting aquatic life in it, Cleveland said.Read More: