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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management to Activate Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as County Faces Water Shortage

Thousands of South County residents impacted

Upper Marlboro, MD: Tonight<calendar:T5:Tonight>, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) announced that a section of pipe in a vital 54-inch concrete pipeline appears to be failing, and parts of Prince George�s County may be without water for a several days while repairs are made. As a result WSSC is urging customers to begin stocking up on water immediately. Prince George�s County Office of Emergency Management will be opening an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 11:00<calendar:T1:11:00> p.m. tonight<calendar:T5:tonight>to monitor the situation and begin preparation for the water shortage.

Some of the communities likely to be affected include Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Camp Springs, Forest Heights, Temple Hills, and Oxon Hill, including Joint Base Andrews and the National Harbor. Please check this interactive map<http://gisweb.wsscwater.com/waterrestrictions/> to see if you are in the affected area. If you�re not sure, just type your address in the search box on the upper left side of the page. WSSC expects to issue mandatory water restrictions for the affected area Tuesday afternoon. We hope this will buy additional time for residents to stock up on water and allow WSSC to continue filling its system to extend the time we can provide service. The pipe is Pre-stressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP) and located inside the Beltway between Suitland Parkway and Forestville Road. WSSC�s monitoring system has recording an increasing number of wires breaks in the pipe. That�s a signal that this type of pipe is beginning to fail.

Residents with any questions are encouraged to call the WSSC at 301-206-4002<tel:301-206-4002>.
Mark E. Brady
Chief Spokesman/PIO
Prince George's County Fire/EMS

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