Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:41 PM
Photo by Jim Davis. Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission workers replace the 24-inch water main Sunday in College Park.
Published on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
By Jim Davis
A water-main break Saturday morning forced several College Park restaurants and stores to close.
It was the third water-main repair last week in Prince George’s County.
The break in the 24-inch pipeline was discovered around 5:30 a.m. at a Shell Oil Co. gas station in the 5500 block of Greenbelt Road in College Park.
It affected more than 100 businesses. Several stores at the Beltway Plaza shopping center reported losing thousands of dollars Saturday.
Water was available again around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials told The Sentinel.
This was the second water-main break in 48 hours.
A 12-inch pipe broke Friday at Adelphi Road and Belcrest Drive, leaving more than 200 University Park residents without water for several hours.
A water restriction earlier last week affected more than 200,000 residents of southern Prince George’s County when WSSC crews replaced a 54-inch pipe in Forestville.
WSSC officials urged South County residents to conserve water during the restriction. However, water was never competely shut off, as officials expected last Monday.