Water restrictions for some residents in the southern portion of Prince George’s County may be lifted Friday, according to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission representatives.
WSSC initially announced that more than 100,000 people in the southern portion of the county would be without water for up to five days, but WSSC General Manager/CEO Jerry Johnson said Wednesday that a “major disaster” was averted after workers managed to make field repairs to close a key valve near the failing pipe.
WSSC spokesman Jerry Irvine said repairs are close to being finished on the 54-inch pipe, located in a wooded area inside the Beltway between Forestville Road and Suitland Parkway, but that officials will need some time to ensure it is working properly.
“Things are going very well at the site,” Irvine said. “We’re hoping we can lift those water restrictions by tomorrow.”
The affected area, including National Harbor, Andrews Air Force Base, Oxon Hill, Morningside, Temple Hills, Forest Heights, Hillcrest Heights and Camp Springs, is still under a water restriction until further notice, and WSSC is providing updates through its website and social media.
Irvine stressed that only the affected area is under a water restriction, meaning residents are urged to stop all outside water use, limit toilet flushing, dishwashing and to only use water when necessary.
“We want to be clear that folks outside that area are not under the water restriction,” Irvine said.