***Traffic Advisory*** All Eastbound Lanes of Silver Hill Road in Suitalnd Remain Closed for Water Main Repairs

Paving likely to continue overnight, through the morning commute - Updated: 1:15 p.m., Thursday, November 20

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – November 20, 2014: Repairs to a WSSC water main on Silver Hill Road in Suitland are expected to begin later this afternoon. A gas main located very close to the broken water main needs work before repairs to the WSSC pipe can begin.

The 71-year-old, 14-inch water main broke Wednesday evening on Silver Hill Road between Royal Plaza Drive and Brooks Drive in Suitland. The break released a significant amount of water and debris, necessitating the closure of the road overnight.

At this time, the westbound lanes have been re-opened while the eastbound lanes remain closed. Once WSSC crews are able to expose the pipe, a determination on the estimated time of repair will be made. Pavers are standing by to complete the repairs and re-open all lanes of Silver Hill Road as soon as possible.

On average, WSSC experiences about 1,700 breaks and leaks a year. During last winter’s Polar Vortex, WSSC experienced 595 breaks in January alone. So far in 2014, WSSC has repaired more than 1,600 breaks and leaks, including about 60 since Monday.

As cold weather enters our area, water temperature in the Potomac River and surrounding water sources begins to drop. When colder than normal water travels through aging pipes, it exacerbates any weaknesses and causes an increase in the amount of water main breaks. More than a quarter of the water mains maintained by WSSC have been in service for more than 50 years.

Customers can track the direct impact water temperature has on water main breaks at http://www.wsscwater.com/breaks.

WSSC appreciates the patience of our customers and all the commuters affected by the water main break and traffic consequences. The Commission is committed to infrastructure renewal and is currently replacing 55 miles per year of water main.

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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