***Noon Update - July 1, 2012*** Mandatory Water Restrictions Lifted For All WSSC Customers

Customers Can Return to Normal Usage Follow Flushing Instructions

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Laurel – July 1, 2012 - Noon Update: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is lifting the mandatory water restrictions, effective immediately, however we encourage customers to be conscious of their water usage during this extremely hot weather.

Power has been restored to almost all pumping stations and the distribution system has returned to near normal levels following a powerful storm Friday night.

If you did not experience low pressure and/or discolored water during the restrictions, there is no need to flush the water lines at your home or business. Resume water usage as normal.

If you did experience low pressure and/or discolored water WSSC recommends you:

  • Flush the cold water lines in your home or business for five minutes.
  • If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run the cold water.
  • Flush your refrigerator’s water lines for five minutes.
  • Consult your owner’s manual for detailed instructions.
  • Make sure the water in your washing machine is running clear before you wash clothes.
  • Doing laundry with discolored water can stain clothes.


If you still experience problems after flushing your cold water lines, 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.


We appreciate the work done by Pepco and BGE to restore power to our facilities during this trying time. We also thank our customers for their patience and cooperation while the water restrictions were in place.


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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