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Chevy Chase water main break causes traffic issues; mandatory water restrictions in place

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CHEVY CHASE, Md. -

A massive water main break in Chevy Chase is still causing problems along a major commuter route.

The break occurred on a 60-inch water main Monday night around 8 p.m. It happened near the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Chevy Chase Lake Drive.

Water shot high into the air prompting officials to close Connecticut Avenue between Jones Bridge Road and East-West Highway.

On Tuesday morning, electrical lines were damaged after a heavy tree fell along the road near the area where crews were working.

Work was delayed until power crews fixed the problem.

Mandatory water restrictions are in place to all Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) customers, residential and business, in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

There are no customers without water service, however, WSSC asks that all customers cut their water use by ten percent. They recommend shorter showers, limiting flushing toilets, waiting to wash clothes if possible, and limiting the use of dishwashers.

Violations carry a fine of up to $500.

Officials say the affected water main went into use in 1980. The break's cause is unknown.

WSSC hopes to wrap up its work here by the end of the week.

WSSC says: Until repairs are complete, it is imperative that all business and residential customers:

·         Use water only as necessaryi.e., shorter showers and turn off faucets after washing hands and while brushing teeth

·         Limit flushing toilets (do not flush after every use)

·         Put off washing clothes if possible

·         Limit the use of dishwashers and wash only full loads

These mandatory water restrictions apply to all WSSC customers, residential and business, in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. A violation carries a fine of up to $500 fine. 

For additional information log on to the WSSC website at www.wsscwater.com or call the WSSC Call Center at 301.206.4002.


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