WSSC Customers in Southern Prince George’s County Asked to Store Water in Preparation for Water Shutoff

54” PCCP Failing and Needs to be Taken Out of Service and Repaired

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Laurel – July 16, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is asking customers in portions of southern Prince George’s County to stock up on water in preparation for an impending water outage. A section of pipe in a vital 54-inch concrete pipeline appears to be failing, and parts of Prince George’s County will be without water for several days while repairs are made. Mandatory Restrictions in the affected area will begin at 9PM tonight.

Once the water is shut off to make repairs, there will still be enough water in the system to provide water for another 12-14 hours. However, mandatory water restrictions will be in place to preserve fire fighting capabilities and to make the water supply last while repairs are underway. To find out if you are in the affected area, please visit our online interactive map.

Timeline for Repairs:

  • Mandatory water Restrictions will begin at 9PM tonight
  • WSSC will refill the system to capacity in the area to be affected
  • Once the system is full, WSSC will de-water the pipe to prepare for repairs
  • The affected area should have water for approximately 12-15 hours after the water is shut off.
  • Repairs will be completed and water will be restored within 3-5 days.

NOTE: 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 effected area of Prince George’s counties.

WSSC will provide updates through the local media, social media and at 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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