***10 a.m. Update*** Customer Conservation Will Extend Water Service in Southern Prince George’s County
Pipe Repair Begins on Failing 54-Inch Pipe
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – July 17, 2013: Residents of southern Prince George’s County stocked up on water late yesterday, then began conserving when mandatory water restrictions kicked in at 9 p.m. Restrictions are in place while WSSC repairs a section of pipe in a vital 54-inch concrete pipeline which appears to be failing.
While we don’t have an exact figure on how much they conserved, it is enough to extend how long we can continue to provide service to that area for several hours. We want to thank our customers for their cooperation during their difficult period, and urge them to continue limiting their use of water.
Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management continues efforts to help residents deal with the water situation and heat. Please contact them at 301-583-1950 or visit their website for assistance in obtaining water, to find cooling stations or to report any other emergency-related situations.
The water restrictions are mandatory to preserve fire fighting capabilities and to extend the time we can continue to provide service to customers while repairs are underway. To find out if you are in the affected area, please visit our online interactive map.
The failing section of 54-inch pipe has been isolated, and repair work has begun. It may take several days to complete repairs, check water quality and put the pipe back into service. WSSC will continue to provide updates on this progress over the coming days.
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.