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WSSC Orders Water Restrictions

About 1.8 million people in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties have been ordered to stop watering their lawns and washing their cars and limit their use of toilets, dishwashers and washing machines through the Fourth of July weekend after officials shut down a huge water main in Potomac on Thursday.

WSSC officials say the utility has re-routed water away from the problem main, which was detected using a fiber-optic cable system running inside the pipe.

All customers will still have service, WSSC officials say, but they ask everyone to conserve water to ensure there is enough for emergency needs, including fire hydrants and hospitals.

“The water pipe, which normally goes through a 96-inch main, is now going through a 48-inch main, so you can’t move as much water,” WSSC spokesperson Lyn Riggins said. “We need our customers to cut consumption by a third. If there’s a fire and we don’t maintain adequate pressure, we could be in trouble.”

[Source Washington Post, ABC News]

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