*** 11:40 A.M. Update *** Boil Water Advisory Issued for Portion of Southern Prince George’s County
Section of water main isolated, no customers without water
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – August 13, 2014: As a precaution, WSSC has issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for customers in a section of southern Prince George’s County, including Accokeek and portions of Fort Washington and Piscataway.
Type in your address in the interactive map to find out if you live in the affected area which is east of Indian Head Highway, west of Piscataway Road and south of Palmer Road running down to the Charles County line.
There are approximately 10,000 WSSC 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.
A 12-inch water main that runs in a wooded area along Windbrook Drive and crosses Piscataway Creek in Brandywine broke Tuesday night. The main is 44 years old. WSSC crews have isolated a section of the pipe, but have not found the broken section which is located in the creek. No customers are without water service. The heavy rain and flooding last night has made it difficult for crews to immediately pinpoint the broken section.
It is important to note that some customers who were out of water last night are not included in the Boil Water Advisory zone. Only those in the affected areas experienced a significant loss of water pressure in their area of the distribution system and will need to boil their water until the BWA is lifted.
When a water system, or in this case a small portion of a water system, loses pressure there is an increased risk of contamination. Therefore, WSSC recommends if you live in the affected area, that you boil your water per the guidelines stated above.
WSSC must conduct mandatory water sampling in the affected area. As a result the BWA will remain in effect for approximately 48 hours. 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.