*** 7:55 P.M. Advisory *** Boil Water Advisory Issued for Portion of Prince George’s County

Broken 24-Inch Water Main in Hyattsville

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – September 2, 2014: In the wake of a 24-inch water main break on Tanglewood Drive, near Alternate Route 1 in Hyattsville this evening, WSSC is issuing a precautionary Boil Water Advisory (BWA) as of 7:55 p.m. tonight for customers in the following areas of Prince George’s County:

Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Mt. Rainier, Cheverly, Chillum, Edmonston, Landover Hills, Glen Arden, Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant and Brentwood.

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 creating an interactive map which will allow customers to type in their address and find out if they are in the affected area. The map will be posted on the WSSC website as soon as possible. WSSC will also Tweet when the map is available.

The 24-inch water main broke Tuesday evening. It is 59 years old. WSSC crews are in the process of closing valves in the area of the break to isolate the broken section of water main.
 
When a water system, or in this case a small portion of a water system, loses pressure there is an increased risk of contamination, however there is no evidence of contamination. Therefore, WSSC recommends if you live in the affected area, that you boil your water per the guidelines stated above.

The BWA will remain in effect for approximately 48 hours. WSSC must conduct mandatory water sampling. Appropriate state and county officials have been advised of the situation.

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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