Despite the Rise in Temperature Water Mains Continue to Break

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Laurel – January 9, 2014: The number of water mains fixed by WSSC crews is growing but so is the list of mains that need repair.

Utility technicians have fixed 27 broken pipes in the past day for a total of 43 repaired since Tuesday; however there are 45 more broken mains in the queue and the number is expected to go higher as the day goes on.

It can take a couple days for the extremely cold water in the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers to make its way into our distribution system, which is why water mains are still breaking in large numbers despite the rise in air temperature.

Our field crews and Emergency Call Center agents are working around the clock to repair mains as quickly as possible and answer your calls. We apologize for the wait to get an agent on the phone. If you’re experiencing a pipe break inside your home, please call a plumber. WSSC is responsible for water mains in the street and the connections to your home or business, but not the pipes on your property.

To track the latest correlation between water main breaks and the temperature of the Potomac River, check out this chart.

For more information about water main breaks, visit our service alert page for an interactive map that allows users to search by address. Or check on service alerts, report a problem (even send a photo) or pay your bill with our mobile app. Customers can also sign up for the Customer Notification System (CNS) to receive emails or texts about breaks and leaks in their neighborhoods.

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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