*** 11:00 PM Update*** Updated with Link to Interactive Map and Number of Affected Customers Boil Water Advisory Issued for Portion of Prince George’s County
Broken 24-Inch Water Main in Hyattsville
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel - September 2, 2014: In the wake of a 24-inch water main break on Tanglewood Drive, near Alternate Route 1 in Hyattsville this evening, WSSC issued a precautionary Boil Water Advisory (BWA) as of 7:55 p.m. tonight for customers in the following areas of Prince George’s County:
Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Mt. Rainier, Cheverly, Chillum, Edmonston, Landover Hills, Glen Arden, Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant and Brentwood.
Type in your address in the interactive map to find out if you live in the affected area.
There are approximately 100,000 WSSC customers (30,900 customer accounts) affected by the BWA.If you live in the affected area you should boil your water before:
- Drinking it
- Making ice
- Washing dishes (without a dishwasher)
- Brushing teeth
- Food preparation
Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled before using. Water for pets should be boiled and then cooled for their use.
The 24-inch water main broke Tuesday evening. It is 59 years old. WSSC crews are in the process of closing valves in the area of the break to isolate the broken section of water main.
When a water system, or in this case a small portion of a water system, loses pressure there is an increased risk of contamination, however there is no evidence of contamination. Therefore, WSSC recommends if you live in the affected area, that you boil your water per the guidelines stated above.
The BWA will remain in effect for approximately 48 hours. WSSC must conduct mandatory water sampling. Appropriate state and county officials have been advised of the situation.
Check the WSSC website, Twitter and Facebook for updates as this situation develops.
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.