FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel, Maryland – July 04, 2010: Montgomery and Prince George’s County residents have cut their water consumption following implementation of mandatory water restrictions on July 1, but reduction is still short of the 30 percent goal in water usage. The restrictions were ordered to ensure there are adequate water reserves for fire protection and in the event of a major break while a portion of a 96-inch main in Potomac is out of service.
WSSC contractors worked on the final repairs to the newly installed section of the 96-inch pipe at Tuckerman Lane and Gainsborough Drive. Work is progressing on schedule.
Yesterday’s water usage was down about 14 percent, but customers are asked to reduce overall water usage by at least 30 percent. On Thursday, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) ordered mandatory water restrictions for all residential and business customers in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
Major local television stations were asked to broadcast a message in writing over their usual programming throughout the day to inform the public about the restrictions. Since Thursday, 233 warnings and two citations were issued by WSSC police to violators of the water restrictions. A citation carries a $500 fine.
After work crews complete the repairs water samples will be tested to be certain that no contaminants infiltrated the water main.
Until repairs are complete, it is absolutely imperative that all business and residential customers:
- Stop all outside water use – no watering lawns, no washing cars, no topping off swimming pools
- Use water only as necessary – i.e., shorter showers and turn off faucets after washing hands
- Limit flushing toilets (do not flush after every use)
- Limit using washing machines and dishwashers (wash full loads only)