***Noon Update*** Overnight Repairs on 54” Pipe Continue Positive Trend

Mandatory Water Restrictions Continue

| News Release



Laurel – July 18, 2013: Repairs overnight on the 54-inch pipe in Forestville continued along a positive path. Work crews removed the failing pipe and installed the new ductile iron pipe. Once repairs to the pipe are completed, WSSC will flush the pipe and determine if the water quality is sufficient to return the 54-inch pipe back into service.

Pictures of this work are available on our Facebook page.

As reported yesterday, a water emergency in southern Prince George’s County was averted when dedicated WSSC workers “unfroze” and closed a key valve near the failing pipe. Positive developments regarding the repairs, coupled with news of ongoing conservation efforts, means WSSC will be able to repair the failing pipe with no disruption in service to customers.

However, 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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