Water main break leaves many without water

Water main in PG county, Md. strands many without water in heat wave

July 17, 2013

Some D.C. suburbs will find themselves without water during the hottest week of the year, according to the Washington Post.

Several communities are under mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday. The restrictions are related to the repairs that need to be made in southern Prince George’s County to a 54-inch water main that’s close to bursting.

Some of the areas to be affected by the shut-off include Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Camp Springs, Forest Heights, Temple Hills and Oxon Hill. An estimated 150,000-200,00 residents are affected.

Manufactured in 1965, the pipe is not the oldest in the fleet but it had been showing signs of major weakness since Friday.

The loss of water to the Maryland residents comes as hot, humid weather has sent temperatures to dangerous levels, prompting officials to warn of heat-related illnesses.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials are warning county residents and urging them to make sure they have an adequate supply of water considering the heat.

Crews have been working throughout the night to empty the pipe and begin repairs. There have been challenges since the pipe was located deep in the woods. Crews had to bulldoze a whole portion of the trees out of the way and build a temporary gravel road just to access the pipe.

In the event of a fire in areas without water, eight tanker trucks that can hold as much as 3,000 gallons each are on standby, officials said.

Adjoining Howard County, Md. has sent a water tanker as well as two ‘water buffalos’ to provide residents with drinking water.

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