***3:00 p.m. UPDATE*** WSSC Mandatory Water Restrictions Continue For All WSSC Customers (Business & Residential)

Traffic Disruptions Continue Through Repairs

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel– March 19, 2013: WSSC asks Montgomery and Prince George’s County residents to continue to cut their water consumption following implementation of mandatory water restrictions due to a water main break Monday night at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Chevy Chase Lake Drive in Chevy Chase. The restrictions were ordered to ensure there are adequate water reserves for fire protection and medical/hospital services. Fortunately, there are NO water service disruptions associated with this repair. The water is safe to drink!

Traffic on Connecticut Avenue will be impacted as work continues. All southbound lanes are open. The far left northbound lane of Connecticut Avenue is now open. The other northbound lanes will remain closed near the break site between Dunlop Street and Manor Road.

Additionally, a much smaller 8–inch water main break on River Road in Rockville is affecting traffic as well. Lane closures on River Road between Bradley Blvd. and Persimmon Tree Road will continue through this evening until those repairs are complete.

As WSSC contractors and crews from Washington Gas and PEPCO work to secure the area, we have now determined that the pipe that broke was a 60-inch water transmission pipe connected to a 54-inch line.

Until repairs are complete, 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)
  • Put off washing clothes if possible
  • Limit the use of dishwashers and wash only full loads

These mandatory water restrictions apply to all WSSC customers, residential and business, in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. 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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