*** 5:30 P.M. Update *** Boil Water Advisory Continues for Portion of Southern Prince George’s County

Advisory Remains In Place, WSSC Conducts Water Sampling

| News Release

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – August 13, 2014: As a precaution, a 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. The BWA will remain in effect for approximately 48 hours.

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.

WSSC is conducting mandatory water sampling in the affected area. Appropriate state and county officials have been advised of the situation.

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. There are no customers without water service.

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.

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.

WSSC is conducting mandatory water sampling in the affected area. Appropriate state and county officials have been advised of the situation.

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. There are no customers without water service.

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. 

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.

 

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