***9:00 AM Update - July 1, 2012*** Mandatory Water Restrictions Continue For All WSSC Customers

System Responding Well – Being Evaluated

| Media Advisory

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – July 1, 2012 - 9:00 AM Update: Mandatory water restrictions remain in place for all Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) customers, residential and commercial in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Power has been restored to WSSC’s water filtration plants, and although we still face challenges in moving water through the distribution system, the system is responding well.

WSSC will evaluate its ability to produce and distribute enough water to meet expected demands during another extremely hot day. We also want to ensure we have sufficient reserves to maintain pressure at the hydrants for fire protection. WSSC will make a decision mid-day whether to continue or lift water restrictions.

WSSC’s water is safe to drink, and customers should not be experiencing low water pressure. However, it is imperative all customers continue to follow the mandatory water restrictions.


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.

 

We understand the water restrictions are an inconvenience for our customers during this extremely hot weather. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.

 

Special thanks to BGE and PEPCO crews for restoring power to our facilities during this trying time.

 

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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