Friday, December 13, 2013 12:06 PM
Published on: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
By Jim Davis
A large portion of southern Prince George’s County will not have running water starting as early as Tuesday afternoon.
Affected areas include Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Camp Springs, Forest Heights, Temple Hills, Oxon Hill, Joint Base Andrews and National Harbor, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials said Monday night during a press conference at WSSC headquarters in Laurel.
A 54-inch concrete pipeline located between Suitland Parkway and Forestville Road has an increasing number of wire breaks in the pipe. This is a sign the water main is begging to fail, and it could be taken out of service as early as Tuesday afternoon, according to WSSC.
“We’re going to try to leave it in service for as long as we can so that our customers have the ability to prepare by stocking up with water,” WSSC chief engineer Gary Gumm said.
Once the water is shut down, residents will have about 14 hours of water until it is completely gone. This could last two to five days, WSSC officials said.
County officials urged residents to stock up on water in preparation for the loss of service during the repair. Mandatory water restrictions are likely to be issued Tuesday afternoon.
County officials are also working with nursing homes and other at-risk groups to ensure they have access to water.
“We will be transferring tankers to fire stations in the affected area as well as adding additional engine companies to fire calls, and we will also be asking Charles County Fire Department to assist us, if needed,” said Mark Brady, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department spokesman.
To see which areas will be affected, click here for an interactive map.