***11:00 AM Update*** Water Sample is Final Step in Returning 54” Pipe Back Into Service

Mandatory Water Restrictions Continue

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Laurel – July 19, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is waiting for results on water samples taken from the newly installed 54-inch pipe in Forestville to determine if this section can be put back into service. If test results confirm the required water quality level, the pipe will return to service this weekend.

As reported earlier this week, workers were able to perform a long-shot operation to fix a “frozen” valve, allowing WSSC to divert water to its customers throughout the repair process. This allowed the repairs to proceed without disruption to our customer’s water service.

It is important to note that mandatory water restrictions remain in effect. The restrictions are mandatory to preserve firefighting capabilities and to ensure a continuous supply in the system. To find out if you are in the affected area, please visit our online interactive map.

Until repairs are complete, it is imperative that all business and residential customers restrict their water use. The less water that is used, the longer it will be available for critical functions to customers in this affected area.

Customers need to:

  • Stop all outside water use – no watering lawns, shrubs, flowers; no washing cars, no topping off swimming pools

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

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

  • Postpone using washing machines and dishwashers

These mandatory water restrictions apply to WSSC customers, commercial and residential, in the affected area of Prince George’s counties.

WSSC will provide updates through the local media, social media and at www.wsscwater.com until mandatory restrictions are no longer necessary.

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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