1:30 P.M. UPDATE Water Service Restored in Bladensburg Following 90-Year Old Water Main Break

375 Breaks So Far This Year

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

water main breakLaurel – January 27, 2015: WSSC crews have restored water service to the 77 customers in Bladensburg affected by this morning’s water main break. The 90-year old pipe in the 4800 block of Edmonston Road broke about 3:30 a.m.

Crews spent about four hours working to get all the necessary valves closed to stop the flow of water.

A sinkhole formed in the street and swallowed one car. Another was stuck on the edge of the sinkhole. Both cars were removed this morning. WSSC’s Claims and Emergency Services Team was onsite working with affected homeowners.

Crews replaced about 15-feet of pipe and put the water main back into service about 1:00 p.m.

Edmonston Road is closed between Decatur Street and Chesapeake Road while the street is repaired.

Since January 1, 2015, WSSC’s utility technicians have repaired 375 broken and leaking water mains.

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WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.

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