***5:15 PM Update - June 30, 2012*** Mandatory Water Restrictions Continue For All WSSC Customers (Commercial & Residential)

Water from tap is safe to drink despite reports of discolored water

| Media Advisory

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – June 30, 2012: Water restrictions remain in place and are mandatory for all Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) customers, residential and commercial in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Last night’s severe storms knocked out power to WSSC’s two water filtration plants and other facilities.

Power has been restored at the water filtration plants; however, some pumping stations remain without power which makes it challenging to move water through the distribution system. Crews from BGE and Pepco continue working to fully restore power to our operations.

WSSC’s water is safe to drink, however it is imperative all customers follow the mandatory water restrictions as we work to refill our distribution system. To ensure water is available in the event of a fire, WSSC customers need to abide by the mandatory water restrictions until further notice.

Some customers are experiencing discolored water. This is common after a powerful storm. Sediment inside the pipes can be stirred up causing the water to become discolored. While this water is safe to drink, WSSC does not recommend using discolored water to prepare baby formula. Washing machines should be used sparingly during mandatory water restrictions and WSSC does not recommend washing clothes with discolored water.

Due to extremely high temperatures this week, water consumption has been at its highest for the year. And, normally we would use the overnight hours to refill the system. But, last night’s storms prevented that from occurring.

Until the distribution system has refilled, it is imperative that all business and residential customers restrict their water use.

Customers need to:

  • Stop all outside water use – no watering lawns, shrubs, flowers; 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).
  • Postpone using washing machines and dishwashers.

These mandatory water restrictions apply to all WSSC customers, commercial and residential, in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

 

WSSC will provide updates through the local media and through www.wsscwater.com until mandatory restrictions are no longer necessary. 

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.

 

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