*** 9:00 PM UPDATE *** Mandatory Water Restrictions Go Into Effect

Customers in Affected Area Asked to Conserve In Order to Maintain Water for Vital Services

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – July 16, 2013: As of 9 p.m., The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is issuing mandatory water restrictions for residential and commercial customers in portions of southern Prince George’s County. Restrictions are in place while WSSC repairs a section of pipe in a vital 54-inch concrete pipeline which appears to be failing. Earlier requests of customers to stockpile water appear to have had to the desired effect, as usage was quite high into the evening hours. Now we are asking customers to abide by these restrictions.

“We sincerely apologize for this major inconvenience, particularly as it falls under such extreme heat conditions,” said Jerry Johnson, WSSC’s CEO and General Manager. “We are putting maximum resources behind the effort to repair this section of pipe and to fully restore service to our valued customers in Prince George’s County.”

The 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.

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.

Facts on the 54-inch pipe


Interactive Map Instructions

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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