Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 9:15p.m. WSSC Lifts Boil Water Advisory Affecting Largo Neighborhood of Prince George’s County

Affected Residents Should Flush Lines Before Drinking

| News Release

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – November 24, 2012:  The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has lifted the precautionary Boil Water Advisory (BWA) as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday night for the approximately 600 customers in the affected area of Largo in Prince George’s County.
 
Water testing conducted in the area since Thursday indicates there are no signs of harmful bacteria. As a result, WSSC has determined that it is no longer necessary for the affected customers to boil water prior to use. The BWA resulted from the break on 16-inch water main break on New Orchard Drive in Largo on Thursday morning.
 
“We regret this inconvenience for our customers on the Thanksgiving Holiday and we appreciate their patience and understanding,” said Jay Price, Chief of Water Plant Operations. “We also thank our employees who worked to restore service.”
 
While there is no evidence of contamination in the Largo neighborhood in Prince George’s County, off of New Orchard and Harry S. Truman Drives), WSSC, with guidance from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) asks customers who were under the Boil Water Advisory to take a final precaution by flushing the cold water lines in their homes.

WSSC recommends;

  • 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 we

This is particularly important for people who have special health concerns because their immunity is compromised.
 
Those customers who are unsure whether or not they live in the affected area can go to our website and find out through our interactive map.
 
If you 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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