***10:30 a.m. UPDATE*** Repairs Complete On 60" Main

Could Be Back In Service Over Weekend

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel– March 22, 2013: Repairs to the 60” water main that burst Monday night in Chevy Chase are nearing completion. Crews will be flushing the repaired line during the day, which is part of the standard decontamination process to ensure water quality, before putting the transmission main back into service.

The main burst Monday night near the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Chevy Chase Lake Drive, shooting a geyser of water more than 30 feet into the air. Repairs have been ongoing and were completed late yesterday, including grouting of the joints and re-installation of the Acoustic Fiber Optic monitoring system. The grout in the pipe joints cured overnight, and very early this morning workers slowly opened a valve to begin filling the isolated stretch of 60” pipe.

If everything goes well, we hope to have the pipe back in service sometime this weekend, which would then allow us to lift mandatory water restrictions.

Until water restrictions are lifted, it is imperative that all business and residential customers:

  • Use water only as necessary – i.e., shorter showers and turn off faucets after washing hands and while brushing teeth

  • Limit flushing toilets (do not flush after every use)

  • Limit using washing machines and dishwashers (wash full loads only)

  • Stop all outside water use - i.e., no watering lawns, shrubs, flowers; no washing cars

These mandatory water restrictions apply to all WSSC customers, residential and business, in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.WSSC police will issue citations to violators of the water restrictions. A violation carries a fine of up to $500 fine.

WSSC will notify customers once mandatory restrictions are no longer necessary.

For additional information log on to the WSSC website at www.wsscwater.com or call the WSSC Call Center at 301.206.4002.

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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