WSSC announced Wednesday that residents would not be without water. Water restrictions remain in place until further notice.
The restrictions are in place while the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission attempts to repair a 54-inch concrete pipeline that is failing.
WSSC spokesperson I.J. Hudson clarified that after water is shut off in the pipe, residents in affected areas will still have access to water for another 12 to 15 hours.
Prince George's County has announced a Local Declaration of Emergency due to this crisis.
WSSC will be live streaming meetings regarding the water main repair on their website.
Timeline for repairs:
- Mandatory water restrictions will begin at 9 p.m. Tuesday
- WSSC will refill the system to capacity in the area to be affected
- Once the system is full, WSSC, will de-water the pipe to prepare for repairs
Communities likely to be affected include:
An interactive map will update the affected areas and is available at http://gisweb.wsscwater.com/waterrestrictions/. WSSC has released a statement acknowledging problems and that the map is being updated and worked on throughout the day.
Two cooling centers will be open Wednesday and residents in affected areas will be allowed to shower and use restrooms. Location of these centers will be released tonight. Residents are urged to register for Notify Me in order to get immediate updates on the situation and locations of cooling centers.
"This is serious. You need to have a plan of action," said Obie Patterson, Prince George's County Councilmember.The main will be shut down Tuesday evening.
It is likely tens of thousands of Prince George's customers will lose water service for a few days. Information on water storage information, water restrictions and details on the problem can be found here. Information is also being released by WSSC on their Facebook and Twitter.
WSSC's water restriction guidelines:
Residents are urged to stock up on water. Jaime Miller, a public relations representative for the company, said the company has three stores in the affected area and they are making arrangements for special deliveries of more bottle water to stores in all of Prince George's County and nearby D.C. stores. The stores will remain open and bring in whatever needed to keep restrooms and water open and available. Quality assurance staff will be on site to make sure it is sanitary.
Water storage tips from WSSC:
An increasing number of wire breaks in the vital 54-inch section of the pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe, located inside the Beltway between Suitland Parkway and Forestville Road, signaled to WSSC repairs needed to be made.
WSSC outlined the problem:
Prince George's County Emergency Services will be working with hospitals, nursing homes and others to ensure they have water.
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