Planning commission discusses water supply

by Madison White Franks 

HEATHSVILLE—The Northumberland planning commission raised concern about water usage in the region during its meeting held May 18.

Dr. Lynton Land, a professor of geosciences, indicated the Northern Neck as a whole uses 4.4 million gallons of water a day whereas southern Maryland uses 40 million gallons a day and the county of King William, where WestRock Paper Mill is located, uses 18 million gallons a day.

“Usage in Maryland is affecting the wells on our side…it’s gonna be a long time until the mill effects us,” said Land.

County planner Stuart McKenzie distributed a graph showing projected deficits of water supply to come by year 2050. Northumberland and Lancaster counties would not be at risk for a deficit according the the graph.

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