*** 6:30 PM Update*** Boil Water Advisory In Effect Portion of Prince George’s County
A Precautionary Measure: No Evidence of Contamination
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel - September 3, 2014: A Boil Water Advisory (BWA) remains in effect for portions of Prince George’s County due to a 24-inch water main break in Hyattsville on Tuesday evening. The BWA will remain in effect for approximately 48 hours. There is no evidence of contamination at this time, but WSSC recommends that customers in the affected area continue to boil their water as a precautionary measure.
Areas affected by the BWA include: Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Mt. Rainier, Cheverly, Chillum, Edmonston, Landover Hills, Glenarden, Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant, Brentwood and North Brentwood. Please use the interactive map on WSSC’s website, to find out if an address is 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
- Preparing Food
Water, including filtered water, should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled before using. This includes water for pets.
The 24-inch water main that broke Tuesday evening is 59 years old. WSSC crews were able to isolate the break. No customers are without water; repairs will be made at a later date. When a water system, or in this case a small portion of a water system, loses pressure there is an increased risk of contamination. Appropriate state and county officials have been advised of the situation.
WSSC has begun mandatory water sampling per Maryland Department of the Environment guidelines. 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.