***9:30 PM Update - June 30, 2012*** Mandatory Water Restrictions Continue Over Night For All WSSC Customers (Commercial & Residential)

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

| Media Advisory



Laurel – June 30, 2012 - 9:30 PM Update: The mandatory water restrictions put in place early this morning will remain in effect at least overnight 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, but we still face challenges in moving water through the distribution system because some pumping stations remain without power.

We are making progress, but need additional time to top off our system as we likely will face another very hot day and increased demand as more people regain their power. We also want sufficient reserves to maintain pressure at the fire hydrants for firefighters.

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.

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.

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.


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

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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