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What the PG water crisis could have cost you

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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md -

Residents in southern Prince George's County spent that last 24 hours panicking and preparing for up to five days without water. Now, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission General Manager Jerry Johnson announced Wednesday he is confident system will remain full while repairs are made.

Those who prepared for the water crisis spent on average $1.97 per gallon at local grocery stores. An almost 900% cost increase in comparison to a gallon of tap water from your faucet. WSSC's rate is $6.41 per 1,000 gallons for a residence.

WSSC officials urged residents to store 1-2 gallons of water per person per day. The average family of four would spend $78.80 dollars at a store in the worst case 5 day scenario. Even more if there are pets in the home.

In addition to purchasing excessive amounts of water, residents also prepared by staying in hotel rooms. If you elected to stay, for example, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, the luxury of a night in a room with running water could cost you at least $129 dollars.

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By Bianca Seward, MyFoxDC and Julien Kilian MyFoxDC

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