For Immediate Release:
July 16, 2013
For Information Contact:
Scott L. Peterson
Public Information Officer
Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management
(240) 619-9400 (for media only)
(301) 583-1950 (for Emergency Operations Center)
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Begins Water Restrictions in Southern Prince George’s County
Landover Hills, MD: This evening beginning at 9:00 p.m., the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) began a mandatory water restriction to areas of Southern Prince George’s County that are impacted by a 54-inch concrete pipeline that appears to be failing. Under the mandatory water restriction residents are advised to utilize water only when necessary such as short showers, turning off faucets after washing hands, limit flushing toilets, and postponing using washing machines and dishwashers. According to WSSC, eventually the impacted area will run out of water and residents need to utilize bottled and/or previously stored water. Additionally, Prince George’s County has announced a “Local Declaration of Emergency” due to this crisis.
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 thisinteractive map to see if you are in the affected area. Residents may be without water for several days while repairs are made. Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management opened the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 11:00 p.m. yesterday evening to monitor the situation and begin preparation for the water shortage. Earlier this afternoon, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Council Members Obie Patterson (D-District 8), Council Member Karen Toles, (D-District 7) Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management conducted a press conference regarding the water shortage and announced that the County will be opening “reception centers,” where residents will be able to use shower facilities as well as cooling centers, and a shelter.
Residents with any questions are encouraged to call WSSC’s 24-hour Call Center at 301-206-4002. Prince George’s County’s 3-1-1 Call Center is extending its hours during this crisis and will be open from 7:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Residents should NOT call 9-1-1, unless it is a medical emergency.
Residents in the impacted areas are encouraged to heed the following tips;
· Store 1-2 gallons of safe water per person per day.
· “Safe” is tap water stored in airtight, clean, food-grade plastic containers or store bought bottled water.
· Store 1-2 gallons of purchased distilled water for any individuals with chronic health problems including weakened immune systems.
· Do not store drinking water in glass or used milk containers.
· Remember to store water for your pets to drink.
· Use water in your hot-water tank and ice cubes.
· Water stored in a bath tub or swimming pool can be used to flush toilets.
· Remember most people in the area are NOT affected. So contact relatives and friends and ask for their assistance if needed.
WSSC is providing water to residents in the affected areas and the County has set-up three distribution points in the affected areas. Residents will be limited to 2 gallons per person.
The distribution points will open from 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 and from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. until the water outage is over. Residents must bring their own containers.
Hillcrest Heights Elementary
4305 22nd Place
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748
Thurgood Marshall Middle School
4909 Brinkley Road
Temple Hills, MD 20748
Oxon Hill Elementary School
7701 Livingston Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
In addition to water distribution, the County will open the following centers to assist residents during the outage:
Reception Center are designed to provide residents with a place where they can take showers, clean-up, get water and cool off. Reception Centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Bottled water will be available at the reception centers.
Stephen Decatur Middle School
8200 Pinewood Drive
Clinton, MD 20735
Friendly High School
Shelters are designed for residents who have been displaced and require overnight accommodations. Shelter locations have been identified and will be opened as needed. The first shelter to open will be at:
Wise High School
12650 Brooke Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Cooling Centers are designed so that residents can take a break from the heat for a few hours.
M-NCPPC Cooling Center Locations open to the General Public:
Weekday Hours of Operation (10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.); Weekend Hours of Operation - Residents are encouraged to call the facility to obtain weekend hours or check www.pgparks.com.
· Baden Community Center - 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine
301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030
· Beltsville Community Center - 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville
301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512
· Bladensburg Community Center - 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg
301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512; Información en español: 301-445-4509
· Bowie Community Center - 3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie
301-464-1737; TTY 301-218-6768
· Cedar Heights Community Center - 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant
301-773-8881; TTY 301-218-6768
· College Park Community Center - 5051 Pierce Avenue
College Park - 301-441-2647; TTY 301-445-4512
· College Park Youth Services Center - 4912 Nantucket Road, College Park
301-345-4425; TTY 301-445-4512
· Deerfield Run Community Center - 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road - Laurel
301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512
· Glenarden / Theresa Banks Complex - 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden,
301-772-3151; TTY 301-218-6768
· Glenn Dale Community Center - 11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard (Rte. 193)
Glenn Dale - 301-352-8983; TTY 301-218-6768
· Good Luck Community Center - 8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham,
301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512
· John E. Howard Community Center and Senior Activity Center - 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights
301-735-3340; TTY 301-218-6768
· Kentland Community Center - 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover
301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512
· Largo/Perrywood/Kettering Community Center - 431 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro - 301-390-8390; TTY 301-218-6768
· Lake Arbor Community Center - 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville
301-333-6561; TTY 301-218-6768
· Langley Park Community Center - 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville
301-445-4508; TTY 301-445-4512
· Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center – 7120 Contee Road, Laurel – 301-206-3350; TTY 301-446-3402
· North Brentwood Community Center - 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood
301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512
· Oakcrest Community Center - 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard,
Capitol Heights - 301-736-5355; TTY 301-218-6768
· Patuxent Community Center - 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro
301-780-7577; TTY 301-203-6030
· Peppermill Village Community Center - 610 Hill Road, Landover
301-350-8410; TTY 301-218-6768
· Prince George's Plaza Community Center - 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512
· Rollingcrest/Chillum Community Center - 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum
301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512
· Seat Pleasant Activity Center - 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant
301-773-6685; TTY 301-218-6768
· South Bowie Community Center - 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie
301-249-1622; TTY 301-218-6768
· Upper Marlboro Community Center - 5400 Marlboro Race Track Road
Upper Marlboro - 301-627-2828; TTY 301-203-6030
· Vansville Community Center - 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville
301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512