Repairs on the 54-inch pipe in Forestville are moving into their final, crucial stage. Acoustic Fiber Optic cable, a key technological tool used to monitor the integrity of our pipes, is now installed in the new pipe. The pipe is fully sealed and is now being flushed to fully cleanse this section and test the integrity of the pipe. A water sample will then be taken to confirm water quality. If test results confirm the required water quality level, we hope to put the pipe back into service this weekend.
WSSC has been able to repair the failing pipe with no disruption in service to customers. Dedicated workers were able to perform a long-shot operation to fix a "frozen" valve, allowing WSSC to divert water to its customers throughout the repair process. Earlier today a press conference highlighted these dedicated technicians, and they answered questions about their feat and demonstrated the process of "turning a valve." Pictures and video from this event are posted on our Facebook page.
It is important to note mandatory water restrictions remain in effect. The restrictions are mandatory to preserve firefighting capabilities and to ensure a continuous supply in the system. To find out if you are in the affected area, please visit our online interactive map.
Until repairs are complete, it is imperative that all business and residential customers restrict their water use. The less water that is used, the longer it will be available for critical functions to customers in this affected area.
Customers need to:
· Stop all outside water use - no watering lawns, shrubs, flowers; no washing cars, no topping off swimming pools
· Use water only as necessary - i.e., shorter showers and turn off faucets after washing hands
· Limit flushing toilets (do not flush after every use)
· Postpone using washing machines and dishwashers
These mandatory water restrictions apply to WSSC customers, commercial and residential, in the affected area of Prince George's counties.
WSSC General Manager and CEO Jerry Johnson updates main repair
Prince George's County narrowly avoided a water crisis when Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission crews managed to divert the flow of water to another main while they make repairs to the damaged one.
But the region isn't out of the woods entirely.
An aging infrastructure means a similar situation could be possible in the near future.
WSSC General Manager and CEO Jerry Johnson joined us with more about the repair process and how the water utility is working to prevent future problems.
Johnson also explained how the actions of two WSSC team members helped divert water from the failing pipe with no disruption in service to customers.