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Laurel, Md. – August 12, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. – The precautionary Boil Water Advisory (BWA) remains in effect for WSSC Water customers in the Cabin John/Glen Echo area of Montgomery County following a water main break last night (8/11) on a 12-inch diameter pipe that runs along MacArthur Boulevard.

Type your address in the interactive map to find out if you are located in the affected area. The precautionary BWA is affecting approximately 2,200 customers in the Cabin John/Glen Echo area.

WSSC Water has collected water samples from the impacted area. Two consecutive rounds of analysis must indicate the water is safe before the BWA can be lifted. Results will not be available until late Saturday (8/13) afternoon at the earliest. Once water safety has been confirmed, WSSC Water will lift the BWA and notify customers.

If you live in the affected area, you should bring your water to a rolling boil for one minute then cool it before:

  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Washing fruits and vegetables
  • Preparing baby food and formula
  • Making ice
  • Giving to pets

All stored water, drinks or ice made recently should be discarded. Boiled water can be stored in a clean container with a cover. Water does not have to be boiled before it is used for bathing as long as it is not consumed.

The BWA is necessary following the water main break, which caused a small portion of the WSSC Water system to lose pressure. When this occurs, there is an increased risk of contamination to the water distribution system. WSSC Water recommends if you live in the affected area, you should boil your water per the guidelines stated above.

The water main has been repaired and water service has been restored.

Check the WSSC Water website, Twitter (@WSSCWaterNews) and Facebook for updates as this situation develops. To report any concerns related to this BWA, please contact the WSSC Water Emergency Call Center at 301-206-4002.