*** 12:40 A.M. Update *** WSSC Lifts Boil Water Advisory Affecting Parts of Southern Prince George’s County
Two Consecutive Rounds of Samples Test Negative Affected Residents Should Flush Lines Before Drinking
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – August 15, 2014: WSSC has lifted the precautionary Boil Water Advisory (BWA) as of 12:40 a.m. today for all customers in the affected area of southern Prince George’s County.
Water testing conducted throughout the area since Wednesday indicates there are no signs of harmful bacteria. WSSC collected multiple samples on Wednesday and Thursday. Both rounds of tests came back negative for contamination. As a result, WSSC has determined it is no longer necessary for the affected customers to boil water prior to use. The BWA resulted from a break in a 12-inch water main in Brandywine on Tuesday.
“Our customers were inconvenienced by the BWA and for that we apologize, however in situations like this one, we must act responsibly and ensure the water is safe before allowing our customers to drink it,” said Jerry N. Johnson, General Manager/CEO. “In our 96-year history, WSSC has never had a drinking water quality violation and we are committed to continuing that exceptional record for our customers.”
While there is no evidence of contamination in the area that was under the BWA, WSSC, with guidance from the Maryland Department of the Environment asks customers who were under the BWA to take a few final precautions to flush the water lines in their home or business.
- WSSC suggests customers run all cold water taps for five minutes. If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run the cold water.
- Begin with the highest faucet in your home or business and then open the other faucets one at a time, moving from your highest floor to your lowest.
- After five minutes, turn off your faucets in reverse order, from the lowest to highest. You should also flush your refrigerator’s water lines.
- Flushing your water lines will lower the risk of potential contamination that is created whenever a water main is depressurized because of a break.
- Customers should also dispose of any ice made since the precautionary BWA was put in place at 7:55 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13. The next three batches of ice should also be thrown out. Icemaker containers should be wiped clean with a solution of two tablespoons bleach to one gallon of water.
If you experience any problems after performing the above procedures, or if you have questions, please call our Emergency Call Center at 301.206.4002 or TTY 301.206.8345.
The BWA was put into effect after a 12-inch water main that runs in a wooded area along Windbrook Drive and crosses Piscataway Creek in Brandywine broke on Tuesday evening. Crews isolated a section of the pipe on Wednesday, which allowed water service to be restored to all customers. Once the creek recedes from the heavy rains experienced over the last few days, the broken section of pipe will be located and repaired.
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.