***Alert*** 2:30 p.m. Boil Water Advisory Issued for Section of Largo in Prince George's County

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – November 22, 2012:  As a precaution, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for customers served by WSSC in a small portion of Largo, MD in Prince George’s County.

About 600 WSSC customers are affected by a 16-inch water main break at 10305 New Orchard Drive in Largo. The break of the 40-year-old water main occurred at approximately 3:50 a.m. 

For many of those customers service has been temporarily restored, but it is important that they boil their water until further notice.

All of the customers live in a subdivision that can only be accessed by New Orchard Drive off of Harry Truman Drive.

An interactive map for customers outlines the affected areas. Check the WSSC web site (www.wsscwater.com) and the news media, Facebook and Twitter for updates. 

When a water system, or in this case a small portion of a water system, loses pressure there is an increased risk of contamination. Therefore, the WSSC recommends if you live in the affected area, that you boil water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes (without a dishwasher), brushing teeth and food preparation. Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled before using. Water for pets should be boiled and then cooled for their use.

WSSC expects some full regular service to be restored to everyone in the area some time this evening. This BWA will remain in effect until approximately 36 - 48 hours after service is restored.  That allows time for mandatory water sampling which ensures quality has been restored.  Appropriate state and county officials have been advised.

Once the Boil Water Advisory is lifted, WSSC recommends that customers flush their home cold water lines when their water service comes back on;

  • Run all cold water taps for five minutes.
  • If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run the cold water.
  • Begin with the highest faucet in your home or business and then open the other faucets one at a time, moving from your highest floor to your lowest
  • After five minutes, turn off your faucets in reverse order, from lowest to highest.
  • You should also flush your refrigerator’s water lines as well.

This is particularly important for people who have special health concerns because their immunity is compromised.

If you still experience problems after performing the above procedures, or if you have any questions, please contact our Customer Emergency Call Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week at: (301) 206-4002, 1-800-828-6439 or TTY (301)-206-8345.

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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