***Noon UPDATE*** WSSC Mandatory Water Restrictions And Repairs Continue

Two Northbound Lanes Open on Connecticut Avenue

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WSSC Employee working on repairLaurel– March 21, 2013: Repairs to the 60-inch water main that burst Monday night in Chevy Chase continue. Crews removed the damaged 20-foot section of the 5-foot diameter pipe and are now welding the new section of pipe into place. Once repairs to the pipe are complete later this afternoon it will take several more days for the work to conclude.

A second northbound lane of Connecticut Avenue opened yesterday. The other northbound lane remains closed between Dunlop Street and Manor Road so the repair crews can work safely. All southbound lanes are open.

WSSC continues to ask customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s County to limit their water use and consumption where possible to comply with the mandatory water restrictions. “There is evidence that consumption is down slightly,” said Jim Neustadt, Director of Communications & Community Relations. “And we thank our customers for their efforts. Every little bit helps.” The restrictions ensure adequate water reserves for fire protection and medical/hospital services. There are NO water service disruptions associated with this repair. The water is safe to drink!

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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