Statement from WSSC Regarding Prince George’s Hospital Center

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 9, 2016 Laurel: In light of the recent story involving the presence of bacterium Pseudomonas at Prince George’s Hospital Center (PGHC), WSSC is providing its water quality sampling protocol and latest results.

The Commission has a strict testing protocol for water which includes the collection of water samples from 90 locations across the two counties on a weekly basis.

The nearest regular sampling location to PGHC is a few minutes away in Cheverly. A water sample was collected on August 3, 2016. The sample showed the chlorine residual to be within the required regulations. There were no coliform bacteria detected in any of the WSSC samples.

WSSC does not test specifically for the presence of bacterium Pseudomonas but does test for total coliform.

WSSC has reached out to the Prince George’s County Health Department to provide assistance.

In its 98-year history, WSSC has never had a drinking water quality violation.

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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