Water Emergency Averted

But Mandatory Water Restrictions Must Continue

| News Release

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – July 17, 2013: The water emergency in southern Prince George’s County has been averted. Late last night, dedicated WSSC workers “unfroze” and closed a key valve near the failing pipe. This greatly reduced the amount of pipeline that had to be shut down to make repairs to the failing 54-inch Forestville pipe. This means if customers continue to conserve, WSSC will be able to repair the failing pipe with no disruption in service.

“If we continue to conserve, I am confident the system will remain full while we complete repairs,” said Jerry N. Johnson, WSSC General Manager/CEO. “I want to thank our customers who have done a terrific job of conserving, Prince George’s County officials for their efforts, and to thank our employees who wouldn’t give up on a troublesome valve.”

Earlier efforts to close this valve failed, forcing WSSC to move to another valve much farther away, creating the potential for a large water outage in portions Prince George’s County. The hard work of our crews headed off the emergency.

After the valve was closed successfully, we proceeded to isolate the pipe and began repairs this morning. We anticipate the pipe will be back in service in two or three days if nothing unexpected happens - with no disruption in service to customers.

WSSC appreciates the patience of its customers and the assistance of Prince George’s County officials during this difficult period.

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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