*** 1:15 P.M. Update *** Boil Water Advisory Remains in Place for Portion of Southern Prince George's County

WSSC Conducts Water Quality Tests

| News Release

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – August 14, 2014: The precautionary Boil Water Advisory (BWA) continues for WSSC customers in a section of southern Prince George's County, including Brandywine and Accokeek, as well as portions of Fort Washington and Piscataway.

WSSC must conduct a series of water quality tests and receive results that show no indication of contamination before the BWA can be lifted.

The testing continues today (8/14). If all results are negative the BWA is expected to be lifted early Friday (8/15).

When the BWA is lifted WSSC will post a news release on the WSSC website , notify mass media and post the information on social media. You can follow WSSC on Twitter @WSSCWaterNews and like us on Facebook.

To determine if you are in the affected area, type your address in the search box on the interactive map .The affected area 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
  • Preparing Food

Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled before using. including water for pets.

 It is important to note that some customers who were out of water Tuesday night are not included in the Boil Water Advisory zone. Only those in the affected areas experienced a significant loss of water pressure 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 stated guidelines.

A 12-inch water main located in a wooded area that crosses Windbrook Drive broke on Tuesday night. WSSC crews have isolated a section of the pipe, which is located in Piscataway Creek. Once the creek recedes, crews will locate the broken section and make repairs.

There are no customers without water service as a result of this break.

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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