***9:30 A.M. UPDATE*** Boil Water Advisory Continues for Portions of Prince Georges County
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel - September 4, 2014: The precautionary Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for portions of Prince George’s County will remain in effect throughout today (Thursday) and could possibly extend into Friday. WSSC continues to conduct multiple, mandatory rounds of water testing. Each round of tests processes for nearly a day. WSSC will review the tests once they are complete and if all the tests are negative the BWA will be lifted.
It is important to note there is no evidence of contamination; however customers in the affected areas should continue to boil their water for consumption purposes.
Areas affected by the BWA include: Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Mt. Rainier, Cheverly, Chillum, Edmonston, Landover Hills, Glenarden, Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant, Brentwood and North Brentwood. The interactive map on WSSC’s website is the best tool to determine if you are in the affected area. Customers can type in their address in the search box in the upper right corner to find out if they are 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. Water for pets should be boiled and then cooled for their use.
The 24-inch water main that broke Tuesday evening is 59 years old. WSSC crews were able to isolate the break and at this time no customers are without water. Repairs are expected to begin on Friday. 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.
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.