Tuesday, April 2 - 9:50 A.M. Final Update: WSSC Lifts Boil Water Advisory Affecting Portions of Southern Prince George’s County Following Water Main Break on Sunday

Two Consecutive Rounds of Testing Confirms Water is Safe to Consume

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Customers Impacted by Advisory Should Flush Water Lines Before Drinking

Laurel, Md. – April 2, 2019 WSSC has lifted the precautionary Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for customers in portions of southern Prince George’s County as of 9:50 a.m. today. Two consecutive rounds of water quality tests were performed by WSSC and all results confirm that the water is safe to consume.

While there is no evidence of contamination in the impacted area, WSSC asks customers who were under the BWA to take a few final precautions:

  • Run all cold-water lines for five minutes.
  • If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run the cold water.
  • Begin with the lowest faucet in your home or business and then open the other faucets one at a time, moving from your lowest floor to your highest.
  • After five minutes, turn off your faucets in reverse order, from highest to lowest.
  • You should also flush your refrigerator’s water lines.
  • All ice made since the precautionary BWA was put in place Sunday evening should be thrown out, as well as the next three batches.
  • Ice maker containers should be wiped clean with a solution of two tablespoons bleach to one gallon of water.

View the map to find out if you were in the affected area and need to follow flushing guidelines.

If you experience problems after performing the above procedures, or have questions, please visit wsscwater.com/bwa or call our Emergency Call Center at 301-206-4002.

The precautionary BWA resulted from a break on a 36-inch-diameter water main on Sunday that runs along MD 210 (Indian Head Highway) in Ft. Washington. The precautionary BWA affected approximately 23,000 customers in the area west of MD 210 to the Potomac River, and from the Washington, D.C. line south to Piscataway Creek, including small areas just east of MD 210. Repairs to the water main were completed on Monday evening and all lanes along MD 210 were reopened late Monday night.

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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